MeECL Engineers’ Association condemns suspension of MLHEP Suchen Resident Engineer

Shillong, Aug 10: The Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) Engineers’ Association has demanded for revocation of the suspension order placed on ML Pohshna, Resident Engineer, MLHEP stage 1 Power Station MePGCL, Suchen.

The Resident Engineer was suspended on August 3, following failure of two generator transformers which compromised power generation from the Myntdu-Leshka Hydro Electric Project and reportedly cost the corporation Rs 26.8 lakh loss per day.

“The failure of two generator transformers successively points to negligible in the discharge of duty on the part of the technical Officers concerned,” the suspension order signed by Chairman-cum-Managing Director A. Nikhla stated.

Meanwhile, the association stated that the failed spare transformer had been tested as per standard operating protocols before being put to service. They added that the spare had a history of failures but is still under warranty.

“The transformer was in operation for many hours, it’s failure was purely an unforeseen incident which could be attributed to many people external factors… which can be determined only after proper investigation,” the association stated.

Therefore, the association said that concluding that the failure was on the part of the officer is unjustified.

The Association demanded that the Engineer should be re-instated and an independent inquiry commission should be formed to look into the matter before passing a suspension order.