Goyal, Akhilesh meet to­day on power cri­sis

24X7 POWER State gov­ern­ment ready with ac­tion plan

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUCKNOW: After hav­ing en­gaged in a pro­longed war of words and let­ters over the un­prece­dented sum­mer power cri­sis in Ut­tar Pradesh, union min­is­ter for power and coal Piyush Goyal and chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Yadav will fi­nally be meet­ing here on Satur­day to find a so­lu­tion to the power sup­ply is­sue.

While prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has of­ten re­it­er­ated his gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to 24x7 power sup­ply to the peo­ple of the coun­try, the Akhilesh Yadav gov­ern­ment is ac­tu­ally ready with an ac­tion plan, which is likely to be shown to Goyal dur­ing the meet­ing on Satur­day.

The ac­tion plan seeks to achieve the goal of 24-hour power sup­ply to di­vi­sional head­quar­ters and ci­ties and big­ger ci­ties, 22 hours of power sup­ply to dis­trict head­quar­ters and at least 16 hours of power sup­ply every­day to teh sail head­quar­ters and vil­lages—all from Oc­to­ber, 2016. The de­mand for elec­tric­ity by then is likely to be 21,000 MW and the UP Power Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (UPPCL) is hope­ful of meet­ing the en­tire de­mand.

“Quite a few new power projects be­ing set up in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors will start gen­er­a­tion within two years from now en­abling us to achieve the goal of sup­ply­ing round the clock power in ci­ties and 16 hours in vil­lages from Oc­to­ber 2016,” claimed a se­nior of­fi­cial.

The state gov­ern­ment’s hope, thus, largely hinges on the prob­a­bil­ity of the new power plants get­ting ready on time. But the pos­si­bil­ity of around half a dozen pro­posed plants see­ing the light of the day is fur­ther linked to the con­di­tion of the Cen­tre mak­ing re­quired coal avail­able for them. This is why the chief min­is­ter is all set to raise the de­mand for ad­e­quate coal sup­ply for the ex­ist­ing as well as the up­com­ing ther­mal power plants. “Ev­i­dently, the Cen­tral and the state gov­ern­ments have no choice but to work to­gether sup­port­ing each other’s ini­tia­tives if they are se­ri­ous about their com­mit­ment to pro­vide round-the-clock power to the peo­ple,” pointed out UP Ra­jya Vidyut Upb­hokta Parishad pres­i­dent Avad­hesh Kumar Verma.

QUITE A FEW NEW POWER PROJECTS BE­ING SET UP IN THE PUB­LIC AND PRI­VATE SEC­TORS WILL START GEN­ER­A­TION WITHIN TWO YEARS EN­ABLING US TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF SUP­PLY­ING 24 HOURS POWER IN CI­TIES AND 16 HOURS IN VIL­LAGES FROM OC­TO­BER 2016 SE­NIOR OF­FI­CIAL, UPPCL

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