Kochi: The Kerala High Court today quashed the previous LDF government’s decision to cancel the first phase of the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP) that was to be implemented by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). This order would bring back on track the Rs.240 crore contract given in 2010 to the Korea Electric Power Data Company – KEPCO Data Network (KDN) for implementation of IT Systems.
Under criticism from the then Opposition (UDF) alleging corruption and complaints citing lack of transparency in the Tender process, the Government, led by the then Chief Minister Shri V S Achuthanandan, had cancelled the first phase of RAPDRP being implemented by KSEB and asked the Board to go for re-tender.
It was in July 2010 that KDN was selected by KSEB for implementing the Part A of the programme and the project was awarded in September. The contract was cancelled in December when there was considerable progress in the work. KDN had approached the High Court challenging the decision of the Government.
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.
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