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Regular power supply top priority, says CM

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today reviewed the power supply situation in urban and rural areas and asked the authorities to ensure that under-construction power plants with 1040 MW capacity become operative on schedule in coming two years.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 13:38 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today reviewed the power supply situation in urban and rural areas and asked the authorities to ensure that under-construction power plants with 1040 MW capacity become operative on schedule in coming two years.

Chouhan said regular power supply was the top priority of the State Government, an official release informed. He stated efforts would be made for installation of new hydel power plants to meet the demand of electricity in future. Saying power pilferage should be strictly discouraged, Chouhan added recovery of long pending dues should also be ensured.

He asked the officials to explore the possibility of implementing a Gujarat model of ensuring separate power supply for the fields and rural habitations. This, the CM said, would ensure quality supply of electricity in rural areas.

The meeting discussed the alternatives to increase power supply in rural areas and alternatives like power supply during hydel power generation and rescheduling of power supply in urban areas. It was informed that power supply was not increasing due to non-availability of electricity from outside sources.

However, electricity had been purchased from outside spending Rs 678.26 crore in the past five months this year to maintain smooth supply. Last year, electricity amounting to Rs 191.39 crore was purchased in the same period.

Madikheda project (60 MW), Bansagar (20 MW) and Birsighpur (50 MW) projects would be completed in 2007-08, the release informed. Besides, Sardar Sarovar Project would provide additional 139 MW and the state would get 277 MW as its share from central sector.

Thus, in the coming year, 1000 MW additional power would be available, the release said. IN 2009-09, Amarkantak (210 MW) and first unit of Omkareshwar (260 MW) would be completed and 768 MW would be available from central sector.

It was also decided in the meeting to regulate the use of high mast lights, vapour lamps and neon lights in big cities to save electricity and promote use of energy-saving equipment.