Chandrapur: The Chandrapur Electrical Contractors’ Association (CECA), the union of electrical contractors Working for the Maharashtra state electricity distribution company Ltd (MSEDCL), is on a warpath over the denial by the company to raise the cost data (rate of work) in accordance with the hike in the market rate of materials. The maintenance, upgrade and breakdown work of MSEDCL has taken a hit as the contractors attached to the association have stalled work for the company.
President of CECA Dilip Waware said member contractors of the union shoulder the work of new service connection (NSC) sanctioned by the district planning and development council (DPDC), the dedicated distribution facility (DDF) and maintenance for MSEDCL. Waware claimed the market cost of materials required for work has increased manifold in the last few months and hence it is difficult to work at old rates (cost data) of the company.
“The cost of iron poles in the market is presently Rs 65 per kg, while MSEDCL is insistent that we should install the poles at the rate of Rs 48 per kg as per the cost data of year 2019-20. Similarly, the rates of aluminum wire and other material required for the work also have seen a steep rise. Hence, it’s impossible for contractors to work at the old rates,” said Waware.
He also alleged that MSEDCL officers are lethargic towards the paper work of the DPR, material order (MO) and work orders. Contractors are unable to submit their bills for a year or two due to the delay in paper work by the officials which is causing losses to the tune of lakhs of rupees to every contractor.
Waware claimed that electrical contractors across the state have more or less stalled their work for the company for the same reasons. He also claimed that their union has apprised the local MSEDCL zone office, headquarters, power minister and people’s representatives about their problems but to no avail.
Waware also flayed the company for issuing the circular dated July 1, 2020, in which the executive director of MSEDCL has warned the empaneled agencies (contractors) of action for non-execution of work at the old rates. The circular also directs the superintending engineer of the operation and maintenance wing to float fresh tenders for different schemes within a week where these empanelled agencies are reluctant to work. Ware demanded immediate scrapping of this circular.
Chief engineer of MSEDCL Chandrapur zone Sunil Deshpande and public relations officer, headquarters, Prakashgad, Mumbai, Anil Kamble both refused to comment.