UP power scenario poor: Shinde
UNION MINISTER for Energy Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said the power scenario in Uttar Pradesh was not satisfactory. The Centre would soon convene a convention of the chief ministers to be headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the power scenario in various states.india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 01:35 IST
UNION MINISTER for Energy Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said the power scenario in Uttar Pradesh was not satisfactory. The Centre would soon convene a convention of the chief ministers to be headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the power scenario in various states.
Shinde adding he would soon convene a meeting of the state energy minister and UPPCL, MD to discuss the issue. Both the meetings are likely to be convened after the election to the five state assemblies were over, he said.
Shinde was talking to media persons here at the UPCC headquarters where he attended a function organised to mark the birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.
The Plant Load factor (PLF) of the National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) power plants was 95 percent in UP, he said adding this was however not so in the State’s power plants. Shinde countered the reports that the UP was not getting its due share of energy and said the State would however have to generate power from its own resources. The states like UP should make regular investment in the power sector to bring an improvement in power supply situation, he said. So far Uttar Pradesh had not submitted any proposal to set up the ultra mega power plants that were being considered in five states.
The Centre would consider UP’s request in this regard on a priority basis, he said adding that each mega power project would involve an investment of nearly Rs 16,000 crore to generate power to the tune of 4000 MWs.
PTI adds: Power crisis deepened in Uttar Pradesh with large parts of the State having to go without electricity in the searing heat as 500 MW Rihand thermal power plant was shut down owing to a technical snag.
Barring the state capital and districts of Etawah, Agra, Mainpuri, Rampur, Sambhal and Meerut, the situation in other parts of the state was alarming, power corporation sources said here said today. Many parts of state, especially the rural areas and smaller towns, have been without any electricity since last evening as authorities resorted to prolonged load shedding, they said.
The authorities were faced with the arduous task of maintaining the northern grid as the frequency continued to hover around the minimum level of 48 hertz owing to soaring demand, they said.