BJP, Cong blame each other
THE NEED for bridging gap in demand & supply of power in the State was agreed to upon by all speakers including leaders and spokespersons from the two major political parties ? Congress and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) ? at a symposium on the topic of f ?Din mein raat; raat mein bhi raat?. The symposium organised as part of an ongoing series on current issues by the Indore Press Club was held at the club today.india Updated: Oct 05, 2006 13:53 IST
THE NEED for bridging gap in demand & supply of power in the State was agreed to upon by all speakers including leaders and spokespersons from the two major political parties — Congress and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) — at a symposium on the topic of f ‘Din mein raat; raat mein bhi raat’. The symposium organised as part of an ongoing series on current issues by the Indore Press Club was held at the club today.
BJP MLA from Depalpur, Manoj Patel, while conceding that his party had not been able to make the desired difference in the power scenario, said that work on several power projects would go a long way in mitigating power crises.
He said that there was a time when about 250 people always came up to him daily on issues revolving around power, as the pangs were most acutely felt in the rural areas.
Patel said the ruling BJP government has installed 750 new transformers, changed electric wires/cables and provided connections to areas hitherto lying in darkness. The farmers are being scrupulously provided three-phase and single-phase power supply for irrigation purposes during Rabi and Kharif seasons, he added.
State Congress spokesman K K Mishra read out the BJP election manifesto pointing out the number of unfulfilled promises especially ion the electricity front, defended the previous Congress government over its alleged failures in providing power and presented a lot of figures to prove his point. He criticised the BJP government for reneging on its promises and blamed it for politicising power and cheating the public.
The Indira Sagar, Ban Sagar, Sardar Sarovar and other projects were attributed to the previous Congress government the fruits of which were being reaped by the BJP government by claiming them as their own. Furthermore, Prime Ministers have traditionally inaugurated inter-state projects but this precedent has been ignored in consideration of vested political interests, he added.
Mishra said the Digvijay Singh government had in all intent been trying to solve the power crisis reflected in the signing of a record number of 20 MoU’s. Lack of cooperation from then BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) scuttled the efforts. He asked the State Government whether they could lay claim to producing even one Mega Watt (MW) of energy through any of their own efforts.
State BJP spokesman Govind Malu fought back the allegations by blaming the Congress government for the state of affairs ‘left in a mess’.
He questioned then policies, failure in establishing captive power plants, overcoming transmission and distribution losses, distributing free power to farmers and on the other hand charging hefty bills.
Congress leader Abhay Dubey gave a lot of well-researched statistics and stressed for increasing power generation through alternative sources of energy. He asked for setting up a uranium power plant in the western region of the State as envisaged by Digvijay Singh.
India having 25 per cent of the global reserve of Thorium could produce energy at cheap cost. Environmentally speaking one Kg of combustible radioactive material provides energy equivalent to 30 lakh tonnes of coal, he added.
MPEB Executive Engineer K K Ajmera also participated in the symposium. Doordarshan correspondent Vinod Nagar conducted the symposium, while Press Club office-bearer Anna Durai set the ball rolling by introducing the guest speakers and the topic of the day.