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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, August 01, 2012
Even as accusing fingers are being raised at UP for failure of northern grid, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said that it was not yet clear that the state was responsible for the crisis.
Talking to media after launching Rs. 5000 crore developmental projects in the state, the chief minister said "the situation would be clear soon".
The chairman UP Power Corporation Ltd and principal secretary (energy) AK Gupta has already made it clear that overdrawl from grid at the time of collapse on Tuesday was just 40 mw. The union power ministry has already constituted a three-member committee to probe into causes of failure.

The chief minister said that the power crisis was serious in the state and Samajwadi Party government was not responsible for this.

"We have inherited the problem from the previous BSP government", Yadav said, adding the Mayawati government did nothing on this front.

The chief minister, laying stress on more power generation, said the entire power distribution system had collapsed in the state during the last few years. Yadav said during previous regime of Mulayam Singh Yadav (2003-07) two projects- Roja and Lanco- were installed and thereafter there was no movement forward.

Yadav also asked the central government for better coal linkage to increase generation. He also emphasized on co-generation from sugar mill waste and tapping of solar energy. The chief minister has also invited private sector in solar energy sector for which a policy would soon be rolled out.

The chief minister said since he was also holding charge of energy department it was his personal responsibility to improve the situation. He also warned the officers of stern action in case of slackness.