BSTI unearths forgery by transformer supplier

Shamim Jahangir

11th February, 2019 11:24:25 printer

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has unearthed forgery of the signatures of its two officials by a local transformer supplier to get work order.

Electro Power Engineering Ltd, a local transformer supplier, forged signatures of BSTI Assistant Director Md Mobin Ul Islam and Deputy Director Bilkis Begum.

A listed transformer supplier for Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC), Electro Power Engineering is also a member of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The BSTI authorities discovered the forgery by Electro Power Engineering during its recent routine verification of the approved documents of the company.

It was found that BSTI Deputy Director Bilkis Begum approved the documents of Electro Power Engineering two years after her retirement.        Bilkis Begum went into retirement in 2016.

The BSTI have already issued demi official letters to the DPDC, power secretary and industries secretary seeking legal action against the company for the forgery.

The daily sun on Sunday contacted with Electro Power Engineering MD Engr. Macksudul Ferdous over phone, but he declined to make any comment over the matter.

According to the BSTI documents, the transformer supplier forged the signatures on June 4, 2018 to get work order for supplying 150KV transformer to the DPDC.

The verification of the transformer test item is EE/3702/17-18 whose capacity shows 100KVA, SL No. 110595.

Electro Power Engineering has already supplied transformers to Rural Electrification Board (REB) and some local and multinational companies, the company’s website shows.

Now, the government is purchasing bulk distribution transformers from different local and foreign companies for ensuring electricity for all by 2021.

 “I have already asked the authorities concerned to blacklist the company for the forgery,” DPDC managing director Bikash Dewan told the daily sun on Monday.

He also said the DPDC is investigating the matter as per the instruction of the ministry.

Energy experts said the government expenditure will increase if the distribution companies replace substandard transformers.

 Talking over the matter, REB chairman Maj Gen (Rtd) Moin Uddin said they are now procuring 10.50 lakh distribution transformers to ensure electricity for all.

“We have carried out routine test and type tests by world renowned CPRI, India since 2015 before procurement of transformers,” the REB chairman added.

By doing so, REB transformer replacement rate has declined to 0.1 percent, he claimed. Sources at Power Division alleged that several dishonest transformer suppliers submitted forged documents taking advantage of the lack of proper verification.