The Chief Minister alleged that the Central Government is not making available enough fuel for the power companies in the state. (Agencies)
He said he will soon write to the Central Government seeking coal for the thermal power projects in the state.
Listing sources that can be tapped by the state for power, Goyal said UP can also procure adequate electricity from the exchanges.
"We have supplied adequate quantity of coal to power plants in Uttar Pradesh as per the linkage. We have also offered the state government to buy power from the northern grid. Whatever assistance the state government requires we are happy to provide, I have personally been trying to contact UP Chief Minister (Akhilesh Yadav) since morning and have left messages but have unfortunately not heard from him," Goyal added.
BSP supremo Mayawati also joined the issue hurling charges against the ruling party in the state that power supply has been restricted to native villages and parliamentary constituencies represented by SP.
BJP President in UP Lakshmikant Bajpayee alleged that the state government has created the power crisis after it lost out to the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.
Allahabad recorded the highest temperature 46.7 degree Celsius.
People took to streets in various parts of the state demanding immediate power restoration. On Thursday, BJP protested at 30 district headquarters against crisis. The peak demand in Uttar Pradesh is to the order of 12,700 MW. The state gets 10,700 MW, leaving a shortfall of around of 2,000 MW at present.
Parichha power plant of 500 MW capacity, which went on forced outage on Thursday has been restored and is generating on full load, Goyal said.
Anpara-C, a private sector plant of 600 MW, is out of function because of non-procurement of imported coal, he added.
The availability of power from the Central Generating Power Stations (CGPS) to UP is also normal, the central minister said, adding that the State is not taking power equivalent to its allocation from gas-based stations of Anta, Aurayia and Dadri.
In case a requisition is made by the state distribution utilities, about 300 MW can be made available immediately, he said.
Power can also be requisitioned from other surplus states of northern region for which there is no transmission constraint, he added.
Besides, 377 MW from NTPC’s Jhajjar plant is also available, which can be requisitioned by the state, Goyal said. During the election days, UP procured 277 MW from NTPC’s Jhajjar plant from May 3 to May 15, this month.
The Chief Minister alleged that the Central Government is not making available enough fuel for the power companies in the state.