Agartala: The power sector in Tripura has totally collapsed and handing over the power services to the private companies will bring more danger to the state, claimed former power minister and Centre for Indian Trade Union’s (CITU) state unit general secretary Manik Dey.

Speaking with reporters, Dey said that prior to the Left Front government, the power service in the state was very poor. But after the CPI-M-led government came into power, it connected 14,600 households with electricity during its tenure of 25 years.

“The Left Front government gave importance to power production and the system was strengthened by starting Dumbur, Rukhia and Baramura power plants. Sufficient power generation was done to provide service to every household across the state,” Dey said.

He also said the Left-Front government later undertook two more projects in order to further improve quality of service. “The Left-Front government had supplied power to Nepal and Bangladesh. In particular we sent 150 to 170 MW of electricity to Bangladesh and other sectors in the state. The present BJP-IPFT government is trying to privatise the power sector which is dangerous,” Dey added.

He feared that the decision of the present government to privatise power would bring danger to the state in future.

“The work of repairing electricity has completely collapsed. There are still several households which are using one connection for many families. As a result, people are not getting adequate power service. Even the government is handing over the repairs of electricity to private companies”, the former power minister said.

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Dey informed that during the last government, there were 13,000 power transformers in the state. Of these, about 5 to 6 per cent would break down every year which need to be repaired. But at present, it is not being done.

“The government has to make arrangements to repair the transformers that break down every year and make the high transport system properly,” Dey added.

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