Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who holds the energy portfolio, claimed that the state was on its way to free itself from long hours of loadshedding by next year, on the concluding day of the state legislature’s winter session on Friday.
Responding to a debate initiated by the leader of the Opposition, Eknath Khadse, Pawar said that his ministry was confident of ending loadshedding by December next year as 5,988MW of electricity would be available from various sources such as new private plants, additional capacities in state power generation company and agreements signed with the central utility NTPC.
Denying charges of corruption in coal imports by the state-run power generation company, Pawar blamed the Opposition for creating obstructions for plants in Jaitapur, Vidarbha and Konkan. He also dared them to prove the claims of corruption made by them.
“Till date, 26 companies have submitted applications for setting up plants in Vidarbha. The companies are keen on Vidarbha owing to the availability of land and water.”
“If a plant is set up in Solapur, the generation cost shoots up over Rs4 a unit due to the transportation costs. In Vidarbha, Adani provides power for Rs3.28 a unit and Sofia for Rs3.42.”
Khadse said that farmers were dying because of poor power supply that rendered their agricultural pumps useless. The common man has to bear the burden of high tariff as the energy ministry has failed to reduce transmission and distribution losses, he said.
Pawar, meanwhile, blamed the Opposition for obstructing the Jaitapur atomic plant and power plants in Vidarbha and Konkan.