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Let there be no power politics

AS POLITICS of power intensified following State government move to divest Congress president Sonia Gandhi?s Rae Bareli constituency of the VVIP status that ensured 24-hour power supply, Union Minister for Energy Sushil Kumar Shinde today said he had sought a report over power supply situation in Rae Bareli and Amethi.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 01:14 IST

Minister seeks report on Rae Bareli, Amethi

AS POLITICS of power intensified following State government move to divest Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli constituency of the VVIP status that ensured 24-hour power supply, Union Minister for Energy Sushil Kumar Shinde today said he had sought a report over power supply situation in Rae Bareli and Amethi.

There should be no politicking over the issue, he said. If Rae Bareli had been getting 24-hour power supply before the by-election to Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat, why can’t the same situation be restored after by-poll there, he asked?

“We have sought a report regarding the power supply situation in Rae Bareli. A similar report had been sought about Amethi Lok Sabha constituency as well, said Shinde, adding he had received complaints about power supply situation there too.

Shinde was obviously concerned about the power supply situation in the two constituencies that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and MP Rahul Gandhi represented in the Lok Sabha.

So he went to Unchahar in Rae Bareli to review the progress of implementation of the centre-sponsored Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Programme and the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Project (APDRP) in the two districts.

Shinde even raised the issue at the meeting he had with the officials of the State government and the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) there.

Government officials, however, informed Shinde that 16-hour power supply was being ensured in urban areas while rural areas were getting 14-hour power supply. Later talking to mediapersons at Amausi airport here, Shinde said he was satisfied with

the progress of rural electrification and the APDRP in the two constituencies.

There was a need to speed up the pace of implementation, he said, hoping the power supply situation in two constituencies would improve by year end when rural electrification programme was expected to be complete. Shinde said he would review statewide progress of implementation of the two schemes with Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and the Minister for Energy Shivpal Singh Yadav soon.

That Centre was not indulging in any politicking was evident from the fact that Uttar Pradesh was getting highest share in power from the Centre, he said.

Uttar Pradesh’s installed capacity of power was merely 5000 MWs while the Plant Load Factor (PLF) was in the range of 55 percent, he said.

The Centre was supplying 4000 MWs power of power to UP, he said adding the State government should also not indulge into any politicking on the issue. Uttar Pradesh would be given more power once the Tehri, Tala and the 5th unit of Unchahar power project of NTPC began functioning, he said.