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Real Energy has not set up a centralised computer monitoring system for street lighting: Babu Rao

CPI(M) leader Ch. Babu Rao addresses a press conference in the city on Thursday. — Photo: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR
CPI(M) leader Ch. Babu Rao addresses a press conference in the city on Thursday. — Photo: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

The city unit of the CPI (M) came down heavily on the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) and the State government saying that special favours were extended and excess payments were being made to Real Energy under the garb of power saving. It's shame on part of the VMC officials that they felicitated representatives of Real Energy despite their violating all terms and conditions of the agreement entered into with the VMC, stated CPI(M) State committee member Ch. Babu Rao.

Out of order

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Babu Rao stated that Real Energy had not set up a centralised computer monitoring system for streetlighting in the city which was a mandatory as per the agreement. The company had also not paid the security deposit of Rs. 50 lakh. Neither the street light controllers (SLCs) were insured. As many as 90 SLCs were out of order as against a total of 439, he said, and asked “who would take the responsibility if the SLCs installed do not function after lapse of agreement period in the absence of insurance?”

One fourth of the street lights never functioned, and the company (Real Energy) and VMC were claiming to have saved power. But, there was no mechanism in place to prove that the power was saved after Real Energy took up the task. The company was supposed to foot the bill of maintenance. But, it always falls back on the VMC for the equipment to replace the damaged.

Notwithstanding, these startling facts, the VMC officials patted the Real Energy that was paid a bill of Rs. 5 crore in last 39 months. Now, the government was contemplating replicating the model in 36 municipalities and Visakhapatnam city. The Congress government was responsible for drain of public funds into Real Energy, he added.


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