PUTTING ALL speculations about the construction of a thermal or gas-based power plant in Panki at rest, principal secretary (power) and nodal officer of the Kanpur division Ashok Kumar Khurana denied setting up of any such power plant there.
Khurana who was here to review the progress of development work undertaken by the district administration also inaugurated an online billing system and a call centre at the KesCo headquarters.
Talking to newsmen, Khurana said, “Since Panki has come within the city limits, there is no question of establishing a thermal power plant there. Besides, the Pollution Control Board will not give permission to do so within city limits.”
He further said that it was not possible to construct a gas-based plant at Panki as the cost of power per unit would be Rs 8.30.Replying to a query regarding line loss in the city, Khurana said, “Now, Aggregate Technical and Commercial (ATC) loss is taken into account instead of only line loss to ascertain actual loss.”
He said that in the last fiscal ATC loss had come down by 4.5 per cent.
Regarding the renewed power crisis, Khurana said Kanpur was kept out of night rostering.
“But as the State is facing severe power crisis, the Kanpur city has also been subjected to night rostering,” Khurana added. Regarding the online billing system and call centre, Khurana said, “It will facilitate the consumers to pay electricity dues sitting in their homes.”
About the online complaints lodged by consumers, Khurana said, “Until KesCo officials deal with a complaint, the computer will give a message that the grievance is pending.”
Talking about the work done in rural areas, he expressed satisfaction at the working of two schools under Bidhnu block and a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Ghatampur. “Adequate medicines related to dog and snake bites were available at the CHC,” Khurana said.
He expressed concern over the dilapidated condition of a recently constructed road from Veerpur to Srinagar.