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Chhattisgarh demands power from central quota

Chattisgarh Govt asks the Centre to restore 300 MW power to it from on the central quota on the back of extreme power shortage.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 14:26 IST

Facing a severe power crisis, Chhattisgarh government has asked the Centre to restore 300 MW power to the state from the Central quota.

"It is incorrect to cut 300 MW power by the Centre to the state and that needs to be restored without any delay", CM Raman Singh told the Union Power Secretary RV Sahi, who was in Raipur on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Singh asked the central secretary to reconsider the Centre's decisionto cut 300 MW of power from the central quota to the state and urged him to restore it as the demand of power had increased manifold in the state since its formation in 2000.

The CM also said looking into the gap between the demand and supply ratio, the Centre should also consider allotting a major amount of power from the NTPC Super Thermal Power Station at Sipat in Bilaspur district to the state.

Sahi said he would convey Singh's request to the Minister.

Sahi, however, informed the state government that in the next six months, the Sipat power project would start producing electricity from two of its units of 500 MW each.

The CM said that after the winter session of the state assembly on December 1, he would meet the Union Power Minister and discuss the power situation in the state.

Earlier, Sahi alongwith NTPC Chairman Shankarlingam visited the under construction Sipat power project as well as the CSEB power project of Korba.

Ironically, Chattisgarh was a power surplus state when it was formed.

First Published: Nov 16, 2006 14:26 IST