Power problem: State says Centre to blame
ADDING ONE more chapter to the ongoing Centre-State tussle over power supply, principal secretary (Energy) and UPPCL chairman AK Khurana on Sunday alleged that the Centre was not allocating UP its full electricity quota. He claimed the Centre was discriminating against the energy-deficient State in making power available to it from the discretionary quota. He also justified overdraw of electricity by the UPPCL from the northern grid.india Updated: May 08, 2006 00:49 IST
ADDING ONE more chapter to the ongoing Centre-State tussle over power supply, principal secretary (Energy) and UPPCL chairman AK Khurana on Sunday alleged that the Centre was not allocating UP its full electricity quota.
He claimed the Centre was discriminating against the energy-deficient State in making power available to it from the discretionary quota. He also justified overdraw of electricity by the UPPCL from the northern grid.
On Saturday the Centre had admonished northern States, including UP, for overdrawing power at the energy secretaries’ meeting in Delhi. On Sunday, however, it was UP’s turn to put the Centre in the dock.
Addressing a hurriedly called Press conference, Khurana alleged that the Centre was deliberately painting UP black and making it appear as if the State alone was violating the grid discipline. Justifying overdraw of power by UP, he pointed out that compared to last year, this year the Centre was giving 11 million units of electricity less per day to UP from the latter’s allocated share in the Centre’s powerhouses.
“If we had been given our full share, there would have been no need for us to overdraw from the grid,” he stressed.
Khurana further said the Centre was adopting a discriminatory attitude in allocating power to UP from the former’s discretionary quota. He pointed out that as per the Gadgil formula, 15 per cent of the power generated by each regional power station went to the Centre’s discretionary quota, of which the Centre allocated power to the power-deficient States, in case of an emergency.
“But we fail to understand what criteria the Centre adopts for picking States to give them power from its discretionary quota. For example, UP has a shortage of 1660 MW of power and the Centre is giving it only 191 MW. On the other hand in Delhi, the shortage is only of 51 MW, but the Centre is giving it 300 MW from the discriminatory quota. Likewise, Haryana is also getting more power than UP,” Khurana said, quoting the NRLDC’s figures.
He said this often enabled Delhi to trade unutilised power to the power-starved States, including UP, and mint money.
Khurana said UP was trying its best to maintain the grid discipline despite the odds. He said it was unfair to accuse UP of violating grid discipline, more so when the Grid Violation Index was heavily loaded against large systems like UP and Maharashtra.
“No comparison can be drawn between large and small systems with different levels of power requirements,” he emphasised.
Scorcher Sunday kills 3 more
The unrelenting heat wave sweeping across the country claimed three more lives in Uttar Pradesh, taking the toll on Sunday to 20.
Temperatures across much of north India shot past the 40° Celsius mark. Hisar in Haryana recorded 47°C, Ganganagar in Rajasthan read 47.6°C, Gwalior was at 46°C and Nagpur recorded 46.6°C.
Agra, which recorded 45° Celsius, was the hottest in Uttar Pradesh, where three deaths were reported in Auraiya, Chitrakoot and Lalitpur districts since Saturday. Another 10 have died in Orissa. In Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior was the hottest.
In Bangalore, Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde warned that states which were "overdrawing" power from the northern grid would be referred to the regulatory commission. He said UP was “snatching” 400 MW of power from the grid every day.