IN AN obvious bid to counter Centre’s mega power projects, the state Cabinet today gave its nod to set up three ultra mega power plants to give a boost to power generation in UP. It also decided to abolish the system of involving teachers in the construction of school buildings.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav presided over the Cabinet meeting.
The new power projects will be set up through open competitive bidding guidelines at three out of five sites situated at Dopah and Barapan in Sonebhadra, Shankargarh and Parwatpur in Allahabad and Jawaharpur in Etah district.
According to sources, the three power projects will have a combined capacity to generate 3000 to 4000 MWs of power with each project having a capacity to generate about 1500 MWs. The Centre’s projects, however, have a capacity of about 4000 MW each. Various studies will be conducted at the five sites and the best three would be selected subject to availability of non-agriculture land there. A final decision will be taken after the study reports are received. A high level committee is being constituted to examine the proposals. The Dopah site is likely to figure on the top of the list in view of availability of barren land there.
The State Government will, however, have to study whether this site involved any forestland.
Although the modalities to set up the power plants are still being finalized, the State Government proposes to set up sale companies to set up the projects that may be subsequently transferred to private bidders.
The Government wants to set up the new power plants on the pattern of bidding for Anpara C project, where power will be available at Rs 1.91 per unit by June 2011. The state will provide government guarantee to the loans taken for the projects. Significantly, the State Cabinet also decided to do away with the system of involving of teachers in the construction of school buildings. This decision has obviously been taken following the murder of Shravasti Basic Shiksha Adhikari recently.