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Power unit at Panki ruled out

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY Energy and chief of the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) AK Khurana ruled out establishment of any power generation unit at Panki. Khurana was in the city to attend the first convocation of UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam at Acadamic Hall, Panki Power House here in Kanpur on Saturday. Talking to newsmen, Khurana said that power production with coal was likely to cost about Rs 2.50 per unit while with gas the cost of production was likely go up to Rs 8.30 per unit.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 00:26 IST

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY Energy and chief of the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) AK Khurana ruled out establishment of any power generation unit at Panki.

Khurana was in the city to attend the first convocation of UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam at Acadamic Hall, Panki Power House here in Kanpur on Saturday.
Talking to newsmen, Khurana said that power production with coal was likely to cost about Rs 2.50 per unit while with gas the cost of production was likely go up to Rs 8.30 per unit. At the same time, there were no natural water resources available near Panki. Therefore, Panki power house was not suitable for establishment of a power generation unit.

Khurana said that the State was buying power from other sources worth Rs 700 crore whereas it collected revenue worth Rs 450 crore per month. Hence, the State was facing huge losses.

Power theft was a major problem due to which a huge loss of revenue was being incurred. The drive against illegal electricity connections ( katiya) would continue all over the State and would be further stepped up, informed Khurana.

Efforts were also being made by the State government to bring down the cost of production of electricity. It had been planned to allow the private sector in places like Anpara, if  they ensured less cost of production.

Citing an example, Khurana said that a few private parties had submitted bids for power production at one of the units of Anpara “C”. The government was likely to consider the lowest bid.

Khurana conveyed a clear message on behalf of the State government, saying that the government was not likely to invest in any power production unit if the cost of production was very high. The government would prefer to buy power from states like Gujarat or a country like Bhutan to meet the power requirement of the State. Khurana added that many states in the country like Haryana and Punjab had no power production unit and bought power from other states to meet their requirements. 

Convenor of the function and general secretary of Vidyut Mazdoor Sangthan UP, Abha Chaturvedi raised the demand for a women’s cell for about 2,500 women employees of Panki power house. Khurana assured to look into the demand.

The other major demands raised by employees’ leaders were permanent jobs to temporary employees and distribution of bonus. Khurana said he would consider making temporary employees permanent. However, on the issue of bonus, he asked the employees to increase the earnings so that bonus could be paid to them