CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Friday that supply of power from the northern grid to Madhya Pradesh had dropped to the tune of 200 MW in the current season. He, however, asked the officials to ensure adequate power for students in view of the examinations in the months to come despite a fall in the availability of power to the State.
The Chief Minister directed that now that the demand of electricity for farm sector has come down, necessary changes be made in the arrangements to ensure adequate power supply to students. Efforts would be made to maximise the supply by purchasing power as per requirement, he said.
Chief Minister, who was talking to a group of reporters at Vallabh Bhavan, said Madhya Pradesh, which was earlier connected to the western grid, had now been connected to the northern grid and other States connected to it including Punjab, Haryana, J & K and western UP overdrew power during winter, aggravating the power problem in MP.
Chouhan said that in order to find a solution to this problem and ask the Centre to evolve a mechanism to ensure normal supply of power to the State, he would visit New Delhi on January 24 to discuss the matter with the Centre.
Maintaining that he was averse to politicising issues involving the UPA Government, Chouhan said the Centre should coordinate with the State Government and give timely information whenever any Central programme takes place in the State. Since the message about foundation stone laying ceremony of the 400 KV Korba-Birsinghur-Damoh-Bhopal double circuit transmission line reached here only a day before the function, he said he failed to attend it.
Earlier the Chief Minister reviewed the power supply situation at a meeting held at Mantralaya. Chouhan stressed the need for smooth power supply to village level and to improve the existing system of replacing defunct transformers. It would ensure uninterrupted power supply, he stated. He directed to ensure proper distribution of power.
The meeting was informed that works pertaining to improvement in power distribution were being carried out at a cost of Rs 1,150 crore in the first phase with assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Work costing Rs 2,850 crore will be taken up in the second phase next year. These include new sub stations, transformer related works and separate power supply for domestic use and farm operations in rural areas. So far, 6,570 km long transmission lines have been laid and 260 new sub stations set up, thus improving the voltage situation in the State.
State Energy Department Secretary Sanjay Bandhopadhyaya said the construction of the 500 MW new power station at Birsinghpur would be completed in the next two months. The 210 MW Amarkantak power station and 520 MW Omkareshwar power stations will be completed next year.
The meeting was also informed that earlier the Government of India gave Madhya Pradesh an allocation of 350 MW from the NTPC quota. However, the share was first reduced to 50 MW and at present it was nil. That had created a serious voltage problem in the State’s Malanpur industrial area. The Government of India was being repeatedly requested to restore 350 MW
allocation and action was awaited.