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CM moots power, water trade-off

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday held the Centre responsible for the power crisis in the State. He said UP was providing water to Delhi as per availability and would give more, if required. But the Centre, should reciprocate the gesture by providing the State with more power, he added. The chief minister said the State would pay the fine of Rs 1 lakh imposed by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission for violating grid discipline by overdrawing power at low frequency.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 01:08 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday held the Centre responsible for the power crisis in the State.

He said UP was providing water to Delhi as per availability and would give more, if required.

But the Centre, should reciprocate the gesture by providing the State with more power, he added.

The chief minister said the State would pay the fine of Rs 1 lakh imposed by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission for violating grid discipline by overdrawing power at low frequency.

Yadav said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government had adopted double standards in supplying power from the northern grid.

While smaller States were provided with adequate power, the State was deprived of its share, he alleged.

He was talking to newspersons after the oath-taking ceremony of 13 newly elected Vidhan Parishad members. He said States like Punjab and Haryana were getting more power than Uttar Pradesh.

Appealing to the people to be patient, Yadav said the situation would be brought under control soon.

He regretted there was no addition to power generation in the past decade and added that powerhouses were in bad shape.

Though the Centre had not given funds, the State, despite its limited resources, had given priority to the power sector.

He said while the United Progressive Alliance government had failed on all fronts, the State Government had brought about all-round development during the past two years.

For instance, he said the State had secured the first place in implementation of the education-for-all programme.

Earlier, Vidhan Parishad chairman Chaudhury Sukhram Singh Yadav administered oath to new members Kashinath, Khwaja Halim, Ram Saran Das, Dayaram, Ramesh Chandra Uttam, Rakesh Singh Rana, Ashok Dhawan, Ramapati Ram, Ram Naresh Rawat, Babu Singh, Jugal Kishore, Sunil Kumar and Harpal Saini.

First Published: May 10, 2006 01:08 IST