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Contractors take electrical work to court

By EMN Updated: Dec 18, 2018 11:18 pm

Dimapur, Dec. 18 (EMN): The group of electrical contractors are said to have filed a writ petition before the Gauhati High Court for alleged violation of the Indian Electricity Rules of 1956 and government orders. The Nagaland Electricals Contractors’ Union (NECU) issued a press release on Tuesday stating the move.

‘The NECU has filed a writ petition before the Gauhati High Court asking for issuance of appropriate writ or order or direction directing the state government not to energize the Super Market in Kohima as the electrical work was carried out by the civil contractor in total violations of the Indian Electricity Rules, 1956 and the government’s standing orders,’ the union stated.

The contractors said to have been “aggrieved by a work order dated 8th August 2012 in which the electrical works was done by a non-registered electrical contractor without estimate.” The work order was said to have awarded to a contractor which was “not registered as an electrical contractor under Electrical Inspectorate, Nagaland, Kohima,” the union stated.

The electrical works were ‘done illegally’ by the firm but that too, has not been completed “but the major part of the electrical works have been completed as of date and only the external connection is left,” the union stated.

The Electrical Inspector’s establishment was stated to have informed the director of Urban Development not to allow any electrification work other than by a registered electrical contractor.

“The Chief Electrical Inspector, Nagaland, Kohima has also stated that the electrical works are to be allotted only to the bona fide holders of identity cards issued from Electrical Inspectorate. The Commissioner & Secretary to the Govt. of Nagaland, Power department, Nagaland, Kohima vide order dated 12.09.2007 stated that the wiring work shall be carried out by an electrical contractor licensed on this behalf or recognized by the Chief Electrical Inspector, Government of Nagaland.”

On completion of the work, the union stated, a test certificate by the electrical contractor was required to be submitted to the Power department when applying for power connection.

“Section 45 of the Electricity Rules, 1956 of clause (2) provides: No electrical installation work which has been carried in contravention of sub-rule (1) shall either be energized or connected to the works of any supplier. Earlier the NECU had submitted a representation to the concerned authority not to give clearance to energize for work ‘re-construction of Super Market Kohima’ as per the norms and rules of the Indian electricity.”

The contractors’ organisation stated further that the electrification work carried out by a unregistered electrical contractor was illegal and in gross violation of the petitioner’s legal constitutional rights as guaranteed under the Constitution of India and the Indian Electricity Rules of 1956.

By EMN Updated: Dec 18, 2018 11:18:01 pm