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Thursday, 19 June 2008

The replacement of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority by Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd has been approved in principle in a meeting of council of advisers recently. The DPDC is expected to start working from July 1 after it receives the green light from the government. The government has already sent the amendment to the Desa Act 1989 back to the law ministry for final vetting. Once approved, Desa would be dissolved and replaced by the DPDC, which would supply power to the areas covered by Desa. DPDC is modeled on the profitable Dhaka Electric Supply Company which has been providing power to Mirpur, Cantonment, Gulshan, Banani and Uttara areas. Unbridled corruption in DESA has already hit the headlines of the press. As a result, thousands of electricity consumers in the capital have been suffering for a long time. Top officials of DESA have been under fire for their alleged corruption and failure in implementing within the scheduled time decisions that could have stopped pilferage and reduce system loss. Even a parliamentary standing committee on the power, energy and mineral resources ministry had once strongly opined that should the Dhaka Electric Supply Authority renege on and fail to improve its performance by curbing widespread corruption, it should be shuttered forthwith. DESA, a den of wanton corruption, should be closed down if it fails to curb the widespread culture of graft; the chairman of the committee was on record as having remarked at the meeting. DESA was found reluctant to implement the committee recommendations for curbing corruption, reducing systems loss and realizing outstanding bills. Systematic theft by DESA officials in the name of so-called systems loss was also uncovered. Newspapers had focused how meter readers and other staff minted millions at the cost of poor consumers’ sufferings. We hope, DPDC will end the mess in power sector and relieve thousands of untold miseries DESA had posed for them.

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