Electricity,no prerequisite for power

The ruling dispensations in all of the five poll-bound States seem to be sure in the belief that beefing up electricity generation capacity is not a prerequisite for coming back to power

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published:January 25, 2012 12:11 am

The ruling dispensations in all of the five poll-bound States seem to be sure in the belief that beefing up electricity generation capacity is not a prerequisite for coming back to power.

On a comparative basis,though,Uttar Pradesh comes out right on top,followed by Uttarakhand and Punjab,if the cumulative generation capacity added during the last five years is anything to go by.

Between 2007 and 2011,Uttar Pradesh’s installed electricity generation capacity surged by close to 35 per cent,largely riding on a big push in private sector capacity addition.

For consumers though,maybe with the exception of those living in Lucknow and the Noida-Greater Noida belt,shortages continued throughout the last four years,primarily as demand continued to outstrip electricity supply as the capacity addition was far below what was required.

This is reflected in the fact that on an annual basis during the last four years,an average capacity addition of just around 780 MW happened in the state.

The other point to be noted is that the state-sector,or utilities owned by the Uttar Pradesh government,have pretty much drawn a blank in terms of the capacity added during the last four year.

So,it is purely on account of the lackadaisical performance of the other states in adding generation capacity that the Mayawati government has managed to notch a comparatively better scorecard.

In Uttarakhand,the power capacity was up 20 per cent and Punjab over 12 per cent during the last four year,both largely on account of efforts by state-owned utilities.

Goa saw installed power generation capacity going up by nearly 14 per cent,mainly on account of the Centre utilities extending a helping hand. The state and the private sector utilities did not add even a single megawatt.

Manipur’s power generation capacity was stuck at pretty much the same level over the last four years.

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