The Malda Merchant Chamber of Commerce has put forward a demand of a separate electricity feeder for the industrial hub at WBIDC, Narayanpur from WBSEDCL on Wednesday evening.

The demand was aroused at the district level power coordination committee (DLPCC) meeting to review all the power sector related issues in Malda.

The meeting was held in presence of the zonal manager of WBSEDCL, Binimoy Datta, and Malda, District Magistrate, Kaushik Bhattacharya. Among other issues, low voltage, irregular power distribution, construction of substations, load shedding etc which were discussed over in the meet.

Nevertheless, the ‘ghost bills’ were also the talk of the hour in the meeting, it is learnt. The secretary of the Malda Chamber of Commerce, Uzzal Saha, said,”We talked with the WBSEDCL officials over the issue of low voltage, frequent load shedding and ‘ghost bills’ issues. We have also demanded a separate feeder for the industrial hub at Narayanpur because connection goes out of the village if a single tree falls in the village which proves to be fatal for the industries.An exclusive feeder for this purpose will solve the purpose. The company has also stopped checking excessive bills thoroughly and the industrialists had to pay the bill for the power they had not used.”

According to the WBSEDCL officials they had been trying hard to overcome the situations but it remained a fact that they had been losing twenty percent bills for the less actualization of money against the consumption.

Malda, District Magistrate, Kaushik Bhattacharya said, “A number of substations for which the chief minister had laid foundation stones for in Malda are on their way to be built shortly. Two new substations are also to be built that have been proposed by the chambers. WBSEDCL meanwhile has confirmed solving the low voltage issue quickly.