Akhilesh, Goyal spar over power crisis, UP suffers

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Union Coal and Power minister Piyush Goyal sparred on the issue of power shortage in the state.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:May 31, 2014 4:03 am
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has deputed party leaders to prepare a ground report for these seats. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav

On a day the mercury peaked to 46.7 degrees in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Union coal and power minister Piyush Goyal sparred on the issue of acute power shortage in the state with the former alleging that the Centre was not making available enough coal to fuel power plants.

“Of the total 6,200 MW sanctioned from central pool, state is only getting 4,200 MW. Before the Lok Sabha polls, state was given 5,200 MW power in this head. At present, the state is purchasing 800-1,000 MW power under energy exchange programme,” Akhilesh said in a letter to Goyal, adding it was not enough.

Goyal, however, replied that the Centre has “supplied adequate quantity of coal to power plants in UP as per the linkage.”

Stating that the Centre has also offered the state government to buy power from the northern grid, Goyal accused Akhilesh of not responding to his calls.

“I have personally been trying to contact UP CM since morning and have left messages but have unfortunately not heard from him,” Goyal said.

BSP and BJP, too, joined the issue. BSP chief Mayawati alleged that power supply has been restricted to native villages and parliamentary constituencies represented by Akhilesh’s family members. BJP’s state president Lakshmikant Bajpayee alleged that the the state government has created the power crisis after the rout in the Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, people took to streets in various parts of the state demanding immediate power restoration. On Thursday, BJP had protested at 30 district headquarters against crisis.

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    Guest
    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:40 am
    then why is it suddenely cut down after election results on 17th and now again back after so much protest and blame game?? 6 powerhouses in up are kept shut down because they dont have coal..and upcl says buying electricity is cheaper than buying coal...then what were those powerhouses made for?? to be kept shut down??? and the chief minister says up can make its own electricity and on other hand blaming centre for not giving power
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    desh
    May 31, 2014 at 12:37 pm
    zero mw was added in bsp time....
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    Dr.G.G.Rajan
    Jun 1, 2014 at 12:13 am
    CM's bluff exposed ! Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's bluff and Union coal and power minister Piyush Goyal's exposing the backwar bluffer on the issue of acute power shortage in UP shows how capable the CM is ! His statement that the Centre was not making available enough coal to fuel power plants is nothing but a bluff. There are many operational snags in UP power plants exposed by many energy auditors and their proposals have been thrown into gutters. These backward minded politicians want to victimice and intimidate the public by abusing their power. This is the est case for overthrowing this Govt as many gang rapes, law and order problems , power crisisis and corruption are rampant in UP.
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    Mansi Mathur
    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:25 am
    then why is it suddenely cut down after election results on 17th and now again back after so much protest and blame game?? 6 powerhouses in up are kept shut down because they dont have coal..and upcl says buying electricity is cheaper than buying coal...then what were those powerhouses made for?? to be kept shut down??? and the chief minister says up can make its own electricity and on other hand blaming centre for not giving power
    Reply