Of the total power purchased from private companies, in the past two years, the Gujarat government has purchased around 44 per cent power from Adani Power Limited, said Energy Minister Saurabh Patel in the Assembly on Monday.
Adani Power Limited is the leading private company, from which the government has been purchasing power in the past two years.
The Energy Minister has revealed these figures before the Assembly, while replying to a starred question raised by Congress MLA from Petlad Niranjan Patel.
The Gujarat government’s daily power need as on May 31, 2014, was 287.530 million units. Against that, its own power generation was 75.679 million units. So, the rest of the power was purchased from private companies.
According to figures provided by the minister, in the two years, ie, from June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2014, a total of 54,034 million units power was purchased from private companies. Of them, 24,066 million units were purchased from Adani Power Limited.
Opposition Congress has been criticizing the BJP-ruled Gujarat Government of unduly favouring Adani Power Limited by purchasing huge chunks of power from it at higher rates.
The state government has said that it has been purchasing power from private companies in consonance with the policy of the Centre to encourage private companies in the power generation sector to meet with the increasing power demand of the country. It has also been saying that the power purchase from private companies is being done by estimating long-term power requirement and requirement of all kinds of customers while relying on survey done by the Central Electricity Authority. The power purchase is, in fact, being done by taking the Energy Regulatory Commission’s permission, while indulging in long-term power purchase deals with private companies.