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UP Cabinet okays new power projects

It gave the green light to three private power projects — Lanco Kondapalli's Anpara C, GVK Group's Srinagar and ADAG Reliance's Rosa power project, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2007 21:57 IST

The state Cabinet on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to new power projects in the private and public sectors.

It also decided to make use of CFL lamps mandatory in public offices and offer incentives to people using the CFL lamps. The Cabinet opted to introduce a franchise scheme to provide jobs in rural areas.

It gave the green light to three private power projects — Lanco Kondapalli's Anpara C, GVK Group's Srinagar and ADAG Reliance's Rosa power project. The change of government in the state had put a question mark on the fate of these projects.

The Anpara ‘D’, Parichha Extension and Harduaganj Extension projects are coming up in the public sector. A joint sector project to generate 1320 MW power is also being set up in collaboration with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Allahabad.

Chief Minister Mayawati presided over the State Cabinet meeting that took these decisions on Wednesday.

Talking to media persons, the chief minister later said, “There has been no hike in power tariff in the last three years despite an increase in fuel cost. We intend to rationalise the tariff.”

She said the Anpara C, Srinagar and Rosa projects would be completed on time. The State Government would extend full cooperation to the NTPC for extension of the Tanda Thermal Power Project, she added. Action had been taken to set up 3,000 MW projects in Bara and Karchhana.

A franchise scheme to maintain rural power infrastructure and provide 10,000 jobs to trained youths would initially be introduced in 10 districts, she said. These districts are: Agra, Hathras, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Bulandshahar, JP Nagar, Badaun, Raebareli, Pratapgarh and Sant Ravidas Nagar. The scheme would later be extended to all districts, she said.

The chief minister said the government was committed to curbing power theft and improving distribution.

The authorities will create new distribution divisions and reorganise existing ones. The State Government will supply power at reasonable rates to families of the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, backward classes and the poor among the other castes.

The chief minister said her government intended to set up an additional 10,000 MW in the next year and another 1500 MW by 2009.

The projects being set up by central PSUs would augment capacity by nearly 50 per cent, she said.

The chief minister said the current electricity demand had touched 8500 MW against the maximum availability from all sources being limited to 6500 MW. The gap in demand and supply was the primary reason for the present crisis, she said. The cash deficit of different power sector undertakings had crossed Rs 5500 crore, she said.

“I have inherited the situation from the previous government and it is not possible to change the scenario overnight,” she said adding that her government was determined to provide relief to the masses within a reasonable time frame.

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