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Shinde to review projects

UNION POWER Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde will hold a meeting with the senior UPPCL officials at Unchahar tomorrow to review the progress of various Centre-funded power projects in UP. As per the earlier programme, he was to hold the meeting at Shakti Bhawan today.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 01:26 IST

UNION POWER Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde will hold a meeting with the senior UPPCL officials at Unchahar tomorrow to review the progress of various Centre-funded power projects in UP. As per the earlier programme, he was to hold the meeting at Shakti Bhawan today.

As per Shinde’s programme schedule received at the UPPCL CMD office here today, the minister would like to review the UP’s entire power sector including Accelerated Power Development and Reform Project (APDRP), Rajiv Gandhi Village Electrification Programme and schemes related to energy conservation. Shinde and his team will also inspect some villages covered under the rural electrification programme in Rae Bareli and Sultanpur districts.

On the other hand, the UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad has sought from the Central government a ban on the profiteering being indulged in by the National Power Thermal Corporation (NTPC), making the electricity boards bankrupt. It demanded a high-level probe in the matter.

In a letter faxed to Shinde, Upbhokta Parisahd president, Avadehsh Kumar Verma, said the NTPC was indulging into profiteering and charging income tax from the electricity boards and corporations. This, he pointed out, was adversely affecting the consumers and the utilities were passing on the burden to consumers. He said against the 16 per cent return of equity fixed by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) for NTPC’ power houses, the profit being earned by the NTPC was much more than the permissible limit.

First Published: Jun 14, 2006 01:26 IST