Government scraps KSEB’s ambitious IT plans


Tvm: Under criticism from the Opposition alleging corruption and complaints citing lack of transparency in the Tender process, the Government has decided to cancel the first phase of the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Program (RAPDRP) being implemented by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and go for re-tender.

This was announced by the Chief Minister Shri V S Achuthanandan today while briefing the media about the Cabinet decisions. This means the cancellation of the contract worth Rs.240 crores given to the Korea Electric Power Data Company – KEPCO Data Network (KDN) selected in July 2010 for implementing the Part A of the programme.

The Government of India had in 2008 announced the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP) for strengthening the distribution of State Power utilities and bringing down the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses to 15% by the end of the project period. The project aimed at the establishment of reliable and automated systems for sustained collection of accurate base line data, and the adoption of Information Technology in the areas of energy accounting before taking up the regular distribution strengthening projects. The major projects planned for implementation was the establishment of Wide Area Network for KSEB for connecting all the major offices and the establishment of a Data Centre for hosting all the Server systems of Software Applications.

This is yet another example of how we take one step forward and two steps backward.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News


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