Outages will continue as UP not buying enough power: Minister
Residents of Uttar Pradesh, including Noida and Ghaziabad, will continue to experience frequent and long power cuts as the state is not buying adequate power to bridge the gap between the demand and supply, said Piyush Goyal, minister of state with independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy.
Goyal was at the NTPC Power Management Institute in Noida to attend an event organised for the release a coffee table book on biodiversity conservation — The Good Earth.
“My achievement in the past two years is that there has been no power deficit in our country and we have surplus power to supply to all states. We are selling power for `3.70 per unit to Uttar Pradesh. In Odisha we are selling power for `2.52. Earlier, the Centre used to sell it for `10 per unit. But what can I do if UP does not buy power,” said Goyal.
He said since the NDA government came to power two years ago, his ministry has revived 46,000-MW stalled power projects across the country to ensure that all states get adequate power supply. Goyal said his government’s target is to provide electricity to each home, especially to farmers, by 2019.
In Noida, 800 MW is available against a demand of 1,000 MW. Because of the deficit of 200 MW, consumers have to face power cuts up to four hours.
In many Greater Noida areas, consumers face power cuts up to eight hours. Upset over the long power cuts, women in Greater Noida on Friday protested against officials of the Noida Power Corporation Limited (NPCL) that supplies power to that area.
“Officials say that there is no gap between demand and supply. Then why are we facing long power cuts,” said Vikas Bhati, a resident of Greater Noida’s Kasna area.
UPPCL said there is no power crisis in the state as they have adequate supply of power to meet the demand in each city, including Noida and Greater Noida.
“Power cuts take place because of other reasons, including faults in transmission network. We had 1,6500 MW during the peak summer season this year when the temperature touched 46 degrees in Uttar Pradesh. There is no gap in the demand and supply. Uttar Pradesh needs 16,500 MW during the peak summer,” said AP Mishra, managing director, UPPCL.