Lucknow: Rejecting the Centre's claim that states were to be blamed for the power crisis, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said it was not right to blame Uttar Pradesh for the recent grid failure.

"It is a matter of is not right to blame Uttar Pradesh for grid failure," Akhilesh told reporters after laying the foundation of various projects here.

Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had on Tuesday said some states were drawing electricity over and above their limits.
Admitting that power crisis was a major concern, Akhilesh, however, said the Samajwadi government should not be blamed for it."What the previous government (Mayawati regime) did in this sector is a big question...till production is not increased, this problem cannot be solved," he said, adding that the power distribution system, transformers and lines were in a dismal state and his government has initiated strong measures to rectify them.

The Chief Minister also said the previous Samajwadi regime had worked in this area and two big power houses, including one at Roza, was installed.

Noting that power generation would be increased with the help of Centre, Akhilesh said work on co-generation and solar energy was also being taken up.

"It is because of the previous SP government that 700 MW of energy is being produced through co-generation," he said.
Work is also on to increase solar power generation through private partnership, he added.

The Chief Minister said that a solar policy would be brought soon and there is immense scope for this sector in the Bundelkhand area.

Akhilesh, who also holds the Power portfolio, said it was his responsibility to work on this area and pointed out that everyone knew what the previous BSP government had done in this sector.

To a question on dearth of raw material for road projects, the foundation stone of which was laid by him, the chief minister said some material was not available for road construction as No-Objection Certificate from a Central Government department was required for mining in Sonebhadra (which supplies raw material).

"The previous government had dug deep trenches up to four meters deep...we cannot put the lives of people at risk," he said, adding that stones brought from these trenches were used for statues in Lucknow.

To a question that his government was not taking action against the officials of the previous government though he blamed them for the wrongs, Yadav said that action was being taken and all would be able to see it.

When asked that Mulayam Singh Yadav is not pleased with his government, Akhilesh said the Samajwadi president is their leader and can express his displeasure if he is not satisfied with the working of the government.

"We will, however, work hard and clear his doubts," he said.

On a question regarding law and order, Akhilesh admitted that tough steps would have to be taken. All those responsible for disturbing peace and harmony would be punished, he added.


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