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BJP demands status report on power situation

BJP accused the UPA government of going slow on infrastructure development projects.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 17:36 IST

Accusing the UPA government of going slow on infrastructure development projects, the BJP on Saturday demanded a status report on power situation in the country vis-à-vis the target of generating 1,00,000 mw of additional power by 2012.

Drawing the attention towards the 'pathetic' state of affairs where even the citizens of the national capital region went without power for six to eight hours a day, BJP Spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the UPA had totally betrayed the common man.

First they slowed down the process of highway building, which stood about 4.5 km a day during the six-and-a-half years of the NDA regime. Now it was moving at 1.5 km a day, he alleged.

He said the illusions of the common man about the UPA government giving a high growth and low inflationary regime had been shattered by high prices of all essential commodities and by making the economy of surplus into an era of shortages by wrong and ill-intentioned planning' to help middlemen cheat both the farmers and consumers.

Delhiites did not get water during the summer and there was no power for over six hours and this was certainly a 'multiple organ failure', he remarked.

The status report should also delineate the road map to remove the hurdles in providing uninterrupted supply of power, water and food materials without harassing the common man, Javadekar added.

He said the power situation was bad everywhere, including the eastern and western grid. The much touted revival of Enron project has tripped and its restart was only symbolic. The government had retarded the NDA's Rs 60 lakh crore-mega project of linking major rivers to bring vast areas of land under irrigation and produce huge amounts of energy after it assumed office.