Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Nikhila Orissa Bidyut Sramik Mohasangha (NOBSM), an electricity workers’ union, here on Thursday demanded the State government should ask private management to make lion’s share of investment to strengthen infrastructure for electricity distribution.

“Most of the instruments including conductors, transformers and poles are more than 25-years-old.

These are in precarious condition and could cause snapping and falling down on the ground,” NOBSM General Secretary Sarat Chandra Mohanty said addressing a press conference here.

He said main objectives to hand over public utilities to private management was to improve present system of power distribution through better consumer-relationship.

“During past one decade of privatisation, there has been no improvement on any aspects, instead the old structure was crumbling by days. There is not a single pie investment by private companies or other stakeholders,” Mr. Mohanty said. The NOBSM leader wondered as to how long this trial power distribution would be continued without any investment.

Mr. Mohanty charged that Reliance Energy which had taken over management of three distribution companies in the State was evading its responsibilities.

The trade union urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to bring in another reform in power sector for benefit of people.