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AIPEF opposes DVC Chairman's move to sell transmission assets to West Bengal
All India power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has urged the Prime Minister to stop the game plan of Arup Roy Choudhary, NTPC Chairman, who also holds the charge of Chairman Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and is awfully keen to get 1320 MW Katwa project and for which he is prepared to sell DVC Transmission assets to West Bengal.
Arup Roy is keen to start work on Katwa project of 1320 MW in West Bengal at the earliest. However this can be possible only with the consent of West Bengal Government and for this West Bengal is demanding that as a pre-condition DVC must hand over its 220 KV and 132 KV transmission system in West Bengal area, to it.

This is a glaring case on misuse of authority on part of NTPC's CMD to sell off DVC transmission assets (misusing his position as CMD DVC) just in order to help NTPC get business of executing a 1320 MW Katwa project.

How an officiating chairman can take such major policy decision without seeking the consent of other stake-holders, asked Padamjit Singh, Chief Patron of AIPEF.

Arup Roy who is holding the dual charge of Chairman DVC has not used his expertise or resources of NTPC to help the DVC thermal projects in trouble. While DVC Raghunathpur project is stalled and 4 years behind schedule, the priority of Arup Roy is to grab Katwa project for NTPC.

AIPEF in its letter has said that it is not fair on the part of DVC's Chairman to favor one stakeholder West Bengal, while putting Jharkhand to disadvantage and while ignoring the Government of India which is third stakeholder.

AIPEF has urged the Government that, since the selection process of new the DVC Chairman had been completed, Indian government must appoint the new DVC Chairman whose selection process has been completed, so that any further damage to DVC can be avoided.

Notably in a board meeting held in Kolkata on April 21, DVC top brass had discussed the proposal to hand over high tension transmission and distribution systems in Bengal along with its existing consumers to West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, as reported by The Tribune.

It may be mentioned that the DVC was formed by an act passed by the Parliament in 1948. Its ownership is shared proportionately by the Centre, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

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