Jamshedpur, July 28: The first meeting of the special committee formed to deal with power connection by Jusco in Tata Steel lease areas was held on Thursday.
The meeting at the office of General Manager of Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited discussed various points of public interest related to electricity and providing electricity connection to all the residents of Jusco area and other settlements by setting up camps by Tata Steel UISL (formerly Jusco).
The present residents of Jusco were asked to submit the report of the total number of electrical connections within a week while those residing in areas where Jusco electricity is not available were also asked to give a report after conducting a survey. The representative of Jamshedpur Notified area Committee has been asked to identify the total number of habitations and the residents who are yet to be provided with Jusco electricity. In the meeting, JUSCO was asked to provide the number of pending applications and the reason for non-connection or rejection of the application.
Significantly, Jamshedpur East MLA, Saryu Roy had raised a question in the Vidhan Sabha on in March this year regarding arbitrariness and discrimination in giving electricity connections to the citizens of the leased area by Jusco.
On this, JUSCO had assured to provide electricity connection to all the residents of the lease area. In this sequence, a committee was formed on the orders of the government to examine the availability of electricity connections in the area by Jusco.
MLA Saryu Roy’s representative Sudhir Singh during the meeting objected to JUSCO providing connections only up to 2 KVA in many habitation areas at present and Jusco allegedly demanding exorbitant charges from people for new connections.
On this, Jusco officials said that exorbitant charges have to be paid by those consumers where Jusco’s network is not available at present or where network is laid for only one subscriber.