Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday announced uninterrupted power supply to nine religious places in the state once feeder separation work is completed by March.
“Lots of people from the country and abroad come for pilgrimages to these religious places. We will provide 24-hour power supply,” Akhilesh said during a programme at his official residence to inaugurate a power sub-station.
The nine religious places are Kichaucha Shareef in Ambedkarnagar, Najeebabad in Bijnore, Dewa Shareef in Barabanki, Mathura, Vrindavan, Hastinapur, Panch Pyare in Meerut, Sarnath and Shrawasti.
Akhilesh also said that Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal had admitted during a meeting recently that UP has taken steps in the right direction to address the power crisis. “He had admitted that reforms in the power sector can happen the way we are going. We are not waiting for their schemes,” he said.
“During elections, one party had assured 24-hour power supply, but they were not aware of ‘katiya’ connections in UP. Those who used to make lofty promises are yet to do any work. We are doing lots of work, but are lagging in publicity,” he added.
During the function, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said that during 2007-12, only Rs 2,300 crore was spent on the power sector, while the Samajwadi Party government had already spent Rs 2,500 crore on the same since it came to power. He also said that more than 51 power sub stations are being set up every year now, while that number between 2007 and 2012 stood at only 17.
A short film, Har Gaon Bijli, Har Ghar Ujala, was also screened on the occasion. On SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s disapproval of such programmes, Ranjan clarified that these were only project inauguration events and not programmes to lay the foundation stone.
Akhilesh also handed over loans to several women’s self-help groups under the National Livelihood Mission.
Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav and several ministers, including Arvind Singh Gope, Shivpal Yadav, Awadesh Prasad, Ahmed Hasan, were also present. Hasan praised the law and order condition in the state, saying that thousands of women visited Lucknow Mahotsav at night recently and no untoward incident took place.
Several SP legislators were surprised when they were asked to take a seat among the audience, while Congress MLA Aradhana Mishra was seated on the stage.