‘Jharkhand may plunge into darkness,if urgent steps not taken’

JSEB,a profit-making sector is incurring Rs 2,200 crore loss per annum,says former JSEB chairman.

Written by Agencies | Jamshedpur | Published: January 23, 2012 1:21 pm

Accusing Jharkhand of having lack of vision,JD(U) MLA and former chairman of Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) Rajiv Ranjan said the mineral-rich state will “plunge into darkness sooner or later” if urgent steps were not taken to improve the power scenario.

Suggesting formulation of a short to long-term strategy to cope with the increasing demand of electricity,Ranjan,who guided Chattisgarh to become No 1 state in power sector in the country during his five-year tenure there,cautioned that if no urgent was taken to address the shortfalls,the state would plunge into darkness “sooner or later”.

The JD (U) MLA from Islampur Assembly constituency in Nawada district,who was in the steel city to take part in book launch of ‘Madhu Koda Loot Raj’ written by senior BJP leader Saryu Rai last evening,said JSEB made profit of Rs 22 crore and Rs 26 crore during his two-and-half-year stint as chairman in early 2000.

JSEB,which should have been a profit-making and self-reliant in power sector by now,was incurring Rs 2,200 crore loss per annum,he regretted while accusing the state of being bankrupt in leadership and having zero vision for the dismal performance.

Regretting that JSEB has hardly any new job in hand,Ranjan said Jharkhand should utilize maximum of its resources,work out strategy for additional power generation and ensure job commitment to achieve the goal.

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