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NECU files case against State Govt for violating IER 1956

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Dimapur, December 18: The Nagaland Electricals Contractors’ Union (NECU) has filed a writ petition before the Gauhati High Court asking for issuance of appropriate writ or order directing the State Government (respondents) not to energize the Super Market Kohima as the electrical work was carried out by the civil contractor in total violations of the Indian Electricity Rules, 1956 and the Government standing orders.
In a press release, the NECU said it is aggrieved by a work order dated 8th August 2012 in which the electrical works was done by a non-registered electrical contractor without estimate whereby their profession as an electrical contractor in the State been adversely affected.
The said work order was awarded to M/s Golden Traders who is not registered as an electrical contractor under Electrical Inspectorate, Nagaland, Kohima, it said. However, the electrical works was done illegally by the firm – M/s Golden Traders and the electrical works have not been completed but the major part of the electrical works have been completed as of date and only the external connection is left, it informed.
Earlier the Chief Electrical Inspector, Nagaland, Kohima informed the Director, Urban Development, Nagaland not to allow any electrification works other than by a registered electrical contractor. The Chief Electrical Inspector has also stated that the electrical works are to be allotted only to bonafide holders of identity cards issued from Electrical Inspectorate.
The Commissioner & Secretary to the Government, Power Department 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. And on completion of the work, a test certificate by the electrical contractor shall be submitted to the Power Department while applying for power connection.
NECU said 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 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.
NECU contended that works of electrification carried out by a non-registered electrical contractor is illegal and in gross violation of the petitioner’s legal constitutional rights as guaranteed under the Constitution of India and the Indian Electricity Rules 1956. (Page News Service)

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