GETCO, the transmission utility of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL), the state-owned power company, is setting up a 222 kilowatt sub-station at Venkatpura near Ajwa lake in Waghodia taluka of Vadodara district. The only way to transport machinery and other material to the site of the sub-station is a service road along Ajwa feeder canal of the VMC.
The canal links Pratappura reservoir with Ajwa, the main source of drinking water for the city. The seven-kilometre service road along the canal is built by the VMC for departmental use only.
However, GETCO reportedly started using a one-kilometre long stretch of the service road since it began work on the sub-station in April 2010. In mid 2012, the VMC issued a notice to GETCO asking the transmission company not to use the road.
In response, the Vadodara-based company not only agreed to pay the civic body for allowing it to use the road but also to strengthen it, reads a proposal of water supply (projects) department forwarded to standing committee.
Based on prevalent laws and rates, GETCO would have to pay VMC Rs 1.38 crore by 2020 in security deposit, rent and maintenance. The power company would have to pay Rs 44,290 each in security deposit and users agreement. It would also have to pay Rs 4.32 lakh annual rent retrospectively from 2010 with 10 per cent increase every year.
Similarly, GETCO would have to shell out Rs 4.32 lakh in maintenance annually with 10 per cent increase every year.
The civic body is planning to surface the kuccha road with bitumen. However, GETCO has agreed to fund construction of RCC of the part of the stretch it uses and we have agreed, Amrut Makwana, executive engineer of Water Supply (Projects) department, told The Indian Express.