Akhilesh Yadav lays foundation stone of Parichha units
his first visit to Bundelkhand after becoming chief minister, AkhileshYadav laid
the foundation stone of two units of 250 MW each in Parichha town of Jhansi
on Tuesday. The SP government has been under criticism for not initiating any
power project in the state despite acute electricity crisis. The two units, to
come up at a cost of around Rs 2,900 crore, would generate around 438 crore
power units. The additional 500 MW would add up to over 3,000 MW which the state
generates on its own while relying largely on imported power from different
sources, including bilateral trading and energy exchange.
The chief minister, however, did not miss the chance to blame
the Central government for not allocating enough coal to run the state's power
plants. He also accused the previous Mayawati government of pushing the state
power utility, UP Power Corporation Limited, in a debt of over Rs 25,000 crore.
"The state government is doing its best in installing new
power plants to mitigate the power crisis," Akhilesh said in Mahoba where he
distributed 3,618 laptops to students. He said that apart from the coal based
power projects, the government is also in the process of setting up solar power
plants. The function, which was organised at a polytechnic saw, was affected by
heavy rain. There were also reports of the stage collapsing soon after Akhilesh
left the venue. In fact, the function exposed the callousness of the authorities
as students were got drenched in the absence of adequate arrangements.
Courtesy : Times of India