Lucknow: Blaming the Central government’s indifferent attitude towards Uttar Pradesh, the ruling party held Congress responsible for the inadequate power supply in the state. BSP alleged that the state has failed to overcome the ongoing power crisis due to lack of coal supply.

Recently, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati highlighted the matter in her meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded funds for the state which went unheard.

The Centre’s apathy towards setting up of new power houses in the state, rural electrification drive in Uttar Pradesh and providing adequate quota of electricity from Central power houses to the state is affecting not only the Mayawati government but the common masses as well.

Uttar Pradesh government demanded 6.4 Million Tonnes (MT) of coal for the 1320 MW Jawaharpur power project in July 2009 from the Central Government, 9.8 MT for the 1980 MW Sonebhadra Power project and 9.8 MT for the 2000 MW Yamuna Express project. Mayawati and the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) had also written a letter to the Central government in this regard but to no avail.
1980 MW Lalitpur thermal plant along with 13,000 MW power houses require more than 60 MT coal. Besides, the condition of rural electrification in the state is also crying for attention.

Under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, the state government needs atleast Rs 15,000 crore for the electrification of more than 1,25, 000 villages but the proposal by the UPPCL is yet to be cleared. However, the proposal for the electrification of Congress dominated villages under Rae Bareli and Sultanpur districts has been cleared.

Navneet Sehgal, Chairman & Managing Director, UPPCL said, “We are leaving no stone unturned to make Uttar Pradesh self- sufficient in electricity. The CM has been lobbying hard for the allocation of coal to new power houses, rural electrification drive and receiving its quota of electricity from the Central power houses.”