The rice bowl of India, Chhattisgarh, is being denied crucial power from the unallocated power quota of the Central generating stations in the Western region, which is required for the forthcoming summer paddy crop sowing operations which lasts from February till May, according to Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board, (CSEB), Chairman, Rajib Ranjan.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Ranjan said, he has written a ‘strong’ letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Power, New Delhi, about non-allocation of crucial power required for paddy crop irrigation to Chhattisgarh from the unallocated quota of the Central Generating Stations in the Western Region.
In his letter, Ranjan has pointed that the revised power allocation for Gujarat has been increased to 9.1% from 4.1% by reducing the quota of Maharashtra State from 35% to 30% and has further pointed out that the percentage of power allocated to Chhattisgarh from the Western Region is the lowest.
He further said that the power allocation to Chhattisgarh is just 3% as compared to 10.5% to Daman & Diu and 28.4% to Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
Ranjan has informed the Power Ministry that the seasonal power peak load for Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, which are mainly wheat producing States, starts tapering off from February, whereas in Chhattisgarh which is a rice producing State, the peak season begins from February till May.
It is during this crucial period that a substantial power load is required to irrigate the paddy crop, he has pointed out.
Ranjan has in his letter requested that power allocation to the State from the unallocated quota from the Central power stations in the western region should be increased to tide over the acute power shortage during the crucial summer paddy crop season.