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PMO steps in to check power crisis

business Updated: Apr 23, 2007 03:22 IST

Concerned over the growing power crisis all over the country, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked all the power public sector undertakings to get their acts together.

Minister for Power Sushil Kumar Shinde will also hold discussion with chief secretaries and power/energy secretaries of all states and Union Territories on Monday to find ways to improve the situation.

The overall peaking and energy shortage in the country during the current year 2006-07 (till February 28) was about 14.2 per cent and 9.5 per cent, respectively.

According to a senior power ministry official, the PMO took stock of the power situation in the country at a recently held meeting and wanted all loose ends tightened before another review meeting in the first week of May.

NTPC Chairman and Managing Director T. Shankaralingam reportedly told the PMO at the meeting that there were some unresolved issues with the Railways and the Coal Ministry, an early resolution to which was expected now.

He also informed that "requisite action is also being taken for the constitution of the NTPC-Coal India Ltd joint venture which has been allocated the Brahmini coal blocks on Bengal-Bihar border and Chichro-Patsimal coal blocks in Jharkhand."

Sources said the meeting also noted that several states which had been allocated coal blocks had not taken action for their development. In case these states were not interested, there was a proposal to allot such coal blocks to other government companies, and the coal secretary has been asked to send a note in this regard.

Powergrid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) has also been asked to be vigilant during the peak summer season and to thwart any blackouts. A senior PGCIL official said, “We cannot comment on what our plans are. But we can assure that all steps necessary to prevent any crisis is being undertaken.”