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WBERC approves investment proposal of Rs. 242.24 Crores for electrification of 6,46,439 rural households in West Bengal under SAUBHAGYA scheme

WBERC approves investment proposal of Rs. 242.24 Crores for electrification of 6,46,439 rural households in West Bengal under SAUBHAGYA scheme

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WBERC approves the investment proposal of Rs. 242.24 Crores to provide last mile connectivity and electrification of 646439 rural households in 23 districts of West Bengal under SAUBHAGYA scheme

The Commission after considering the above facts and submissions made by WBSEDCL in their petition dated 04.06.2019 along with supplementary petition dated 25.02.2020 approves the investment proposal of Rs. 242.24 Crores (Rupees Two Hundred Forty-Two Crores and Twenty-Four Lakhs) to provide last mile connectivity and electrification of 646439 rural households in 23 districts of West Bengal under SAUBHAGYA scheme in terms of regulation 2.8.2.3 of the Tariff Regulations which is fully funded by the Central and the State Government.

The Commission also gives the following directions:

(i) In future, WBSEDCL shall not make any progress towards implementation of a project before obtaining prior approval of the Commission as per provisions of Tariff Regulations.

(ii) WBSEDCL shall execute the work with all terms and conditions as stipulated in the Letter No. REC/RO/Kol/Saubhagya/ West Bengal/2018-19/ 252 dated 26.07.2018. WBSEDCL also shall execute the work to achieve the desired milestones.

(iii) Original project cost is required to be approved in terms of Regulation 2.8.5 of the Tariff Regulations. Commission may disallow any excess of project cost on capitalization over approved cost if it finds the justifications furnished are not adequate.

(iv) In case of escalation in project cost, WBSEDCL shall take due approval from the Commission before capitalization of assets.

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Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network