Opposition alleges massive corruption in power generation

Says output dipped despite an expenditure of Rs 19,672 crore since 2004.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 15, 2014 5:31 pm

Says output dipped despite an expenditure of Rs 19,672 crore since 2004.

After irrigation,the opposition is targeting the state government over poor increase in power generation despite an expenditure of Rs 19,672 crore since 2004.

BJP leader of opposition in the legislative council Vinod Tawde said Tuesday Mahagenco (Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited) had not been able to increase capacity by even one megawatt in the past eight years.

“Irrigation projects worth Rs 70,000 crore were taken up but not one was completed,resulting in just 0.1 per cent increase in irrigated land. Mahagenco spent Rs 19,672 crore on 13 units of nine thermal power plants between January 14,2004,and March 31,2012,but the expected increase of 5,730 megawatts has not been achieved,” he said.

Tawde said government had been promising a load shedding-free state since 2002,but load shedding had in fact increased in some parts of the state.

Between 2004 and 2009,the state started 13 new units in Parli,Paras,Khaparkheda,Bhusawal,Chandrapur and Koradi thermal power centres spending Rs 19,672 crore. Six of these units were to be completed by April 2012 for generation of an additional 2,500 MW.

“Power generation from these thermal power plants has in fact dipped from 42,929 MW in 2004-05 to 39,048 MW in 2012-13,” said Tawde.

He said in last one year,Rs 4,500 crore was spent on purchasing power from private companies and a burden of about Rs 1,000 crore passed to consumers.

“Corruption in Mahagenco,MahaVitaran and MahaTransco has led 12 upward rate revisions in the past 36 months amounting to Rs 18,687 crore. Because of this,the average consumer in Maharashtra pays significantly more for power as compared to other states,” said Tawde.

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