WITH supply of an additional 1,230 MW of electricity from three major plants by June 2007, power crisis in the State would be a thing of the past, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday.
The State would become self-reliant by next year and be ranked among power surplus states, Chouhan told PTI here.He said the State government had allocated Rs 400 crore to purchase power for rural areas during rabi season this year.
Though adequate measures have been taken to purchase power, people of the State will have to face some problems, he said. Additional 1230 MW electricity will be generated from June next with start of 500 MW Omkareshwar power project, 520 MW Birsingpur project and 210 MW Chachai power project, the Chief Minister added.
“While an additional 1,545 MW power production capacity has been recorded in the last two-and-half years, it will be increased to 3,753 MW in the next two-and-half years,” he claimed.
Chouhan claimed farmers were being supplied power for nearly 18 hours per day at present, including three-phase electricity for seven hours. After the rabi season, three-phase electricity supply would be provided for 14 hours to farmers, he said. He said the BJP government had got constructed 18,000 km long roads in the last three years, adding that 40,000 km long roads would be constructed in the government’s remaining tenure.
On deteriorating condition of roads after recent monsoons, Chouhan said action had been taken against the guilty. However, he claimed, only six per cent of the roads in the state were damaged. Ongoing repair work on the Bhopal-Indore Road will be completed by October 30, he said.
The Chief Minister also said his government had ensured irrigation facilities for an additional 2.60 lakh hectares of land and would do so for another 8.5 lakh hectares before the BJP government’s term ends.
Work regarding the Rs 1919-crore World Bank irrigation project for five lakh hectares in 30 districts was going on, Chouhan said.
He said projects to link different rivers in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan with those in the state were being given final shape in cooperation with governments of the two neighbouring states.