Power crisis worsens,INLD accuses Congress of using faulty machinery

Traffic disruptions and protests against the state government over the ongoing power crisis continued for the second day on Wednesday in Haryana.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 5, 2012 1:01:24 am

Traffic disruptions and protests against the state government over the ongoing power crisis continued for the second day on Wednesday in Haryana.

Workers of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) held protests outside thermal power plants in the state. Party leader Ajay Singh Chautala,while accusing the Congress government of hatching a conspiracy to get faulty machinery installed in power plants to favour certain private players,said: “During INLD’s regime,Reliance had sought certain modifications in the terms and conditions for installing Chinese equipment in power plants,but INLD flatly refused. In 2005,when Hooda government came to power,Reliance again approached the government for modifications in the terms and conditions,which were again turned down by the Haryana Power Generation Company.”

“However,surprisingly,after some time,the same Hooda government allowed Reliance to install faulty Chinese equipment at Yamunanagar thermal power plant,due to which both its units have been shut for the last one year,” he said while addressing a public rally outside Khedar power plant.

While addressing protestors outside the Yamunanagar power plant,INLD leader Ashok Arora said: “It is only because of the faulty policies and shoddy planning by the Congress government that a situation of complete blackout has emerged. This has forced the people to come out on roads and express their anger against the chief minister and his officers.”

He added: “INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala had written to the chief minister in 2005 to prevent the ruling government from modifying the terms and conditions of contracts for installing machinery in plants. But Bhupinder Singh Hooda made a mockery of Chautala’s letter and used unparliamentary language in his reply.”

Similar protests were also held outside the Jhadli power plant.

“The power plants,set up at a cost of over Rs 15,000 crore,have failed to deliver their desired output only because of the faulty equipment,” said former INLD minister Jagdish Yadav.

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