Delays in decision on power usage by AIR Aligarh led to loss of Rs 1.78 crore

NEW DELHI: Delays in assessing contracted load of power supply and seeking approval of the competent authority to reduce load resulted in an avoidable payment of 1.78 crore by All India Radio in Aligarh, according to a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

CAG reported the matter to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B), but failed to get a reply until the presentation of the report to the Lok Sabha.

AIR Aligarh had a contracted load of 3000 KVA with the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) for its power supply. Under the agreement with UPPCL, demand charges are levied on actual maximum demand recorded in a month or 75 per cent of the contracted load, whichever is higher, along with charges of actual energy consumed at the rates applicable from time to time.

Audit analysis of electric load revealed (April 2011) that actual consumption during 2008-09,  2009-10  and 2010-11 ranged between 558 KVA and 1116 KVA, 544 KVA and 1008 KVA and 572 KVA and 760 KVA respectively, and showed declining trend over these years.

However, AIR Aligarh made no efforts to re-assess the demand and get its contracted load reduced. Consequently, it continued to pay demand charges for 2250 KVA per month (calculated at 75 per cent of the contracted load of 3000 KVA).

AIR Aligarh while accepting (August 2011) the audit observation, stated that low demand was on account of existing transmitters working on lower capacity and new transmitters expected to be installed. The reduction in load would be taken up with the State Electricity Board after installation of new transmitters.

It subsequently informed (May 2014) that reduction in load to 1250 KVA was approved by the Director General, on 21 April 2014 and the matter has been taken up with UPPCL.

Latest Reads
Jio continues leading broadband subs addition while wireline internet loses subs in Oct

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani’s Reliance Infocomm Limited (Jio) closed the month with 145.96 million wireless broadband subscribers having added 7.34 million subscribers during October 2017. Since 1 January 2017, the new telecom behemoth has added 129.91 million subscribers between 1 January 2017 and 31...

Regulators TRAI
I&B tightens up on condom ads on TV

MUMBAI: Condom ads are off prime time television. The latest advisory from the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has asked broadcasters to keep them out of the purview of children and only telecast them between 10 pm and 6 am.

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB consolidates media units

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has integrated the Directorate of Film Publicity (DFP), Song and Drama Division (S&DD) and the directorate of audio visual publicity (DAVP) under the banner of Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC). The media units, which promote...

Regulators I&B Ministry
'Sanskari' India wants condom ads off primetime

MUMBAI: India is a country that takes offence at the slightest suggestion of titillation. The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has approached the ministry of Information and broadcasting (I&B) for withdrawing condom ads that are telecasted during prime time or ‘family viewing time...

Regulators I&B Ministry
TRAI sees merit in using satcom for broadband delivery

NEW DELHI: India needs to create digital platforms, pushed by government policies and private sector entrepreneurship, which are specific to India and address its specific needs, telecom and broadcast regulator TRAI advisor SK Singhal said on Wednesday, adding that affordable broadband and allied...

Regulators TRAI
TRAI orders broadcasters to remove analogue RIOs from website

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has ordered cable TV service providers to stop displaying any reference interconnect offers(RIO) for analogue platforms.

Regulators TRAI
Guest column: Net neutrality - ensuring an open internet

At a time when the US Federal Communications Commission is to vote on a rollback on the Net Neutrality Rules notified during the Obama administration, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published its recommendations on the subject. Making headlines during the days of Zero Rating...

Regulators TRAI
TRAI releases recommendations on net neutrality

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released its recommendations on net neutrality. These recommendations are the result of a long, multistage consultation process.

Regulators TRAI
Trai to make recommendations on net neutrality today

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will issue its much-awaited recommendations on net neutrality today.

Regulators TRAI

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories