(News) Bundelkhand : Hamirpur now gets 24-hr power supply


(Bundelkhand) Hamirpur

In move that comes apparently in the wake of fast approaching Lok Sabha elections, the UP government has decided to provide 24 hours power supply to the otherwise backward district of Hamirpur in the Bundelkhand region. The state has already been wheeling out 24 hours uninterrupted power supply to some VIP districts which are constituencies of either SP or Congress leaders.

This is the first time a district in Bundelkhand would be getting the major sop since the Samajwadi Party stormed to power in UP last year. But the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) officials deny it has anything to do with politics. Sources said the district administration has been requesting the corporation to provide 24 hours power supply to the district to facilitate sowing of Rabi crop. "The district has a specific geography that allows only Rabi crop. All other districts in Bundelkhand have one advantage or the other,'' said managing director, UPPCL, AP Mishra, while confirming that the district would be provided 24 hours of power supply. "We have issued order for the same," he said.

Accordingly, the two high power substation of 132 KV-one in Rath, the other in Bharwa Samerpur-would wheel out 24 hours power supply. The feeders attached to these sub-stations would then be provided power supply simultaneously making for 24 hours of power supply. "We have ensured that no feeder gets overloaded because of the power supply. For this, we would be channelising power into the feeders accordingly," Mishra said. The order, the MD said, has been issued till January 31. "It may be extended further if need arises," he said.

Interestingly, the Samajwadi Party has no presence in Hamirpur comprising two assembly constituencies, Hamirpur and Rath. In 2012 assembly elections, Hamirpur seat was won by BJP's Sadhvi Naranjan Jyoti, while the Rath seat went to Congress's Ghanshyam Anuragi. Not suprisingly, the Samajwadi Party would certainly like to take some advantage by showcasing itself as a pro-farmer party even as it doles out 24 hours power to the district. The Samajwadi Party, soon after it came to power in 2012, ensured the sop to some of the VIP districts.

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Courtesy : The Times of India