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NCP alleges power cuts in state because of BJP

Friday, October 12, 2018
By A Special Correspondent

...says coal meant for state diverted to appease states due to elections

Directly training the guns on the BJP, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) yesterday alleged that the rural areas in the state are facing extended power cuts every day because the coal supply meant for Maharashtra is being diverted to poll-bound Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – all ruled by the BJP where the Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in a months time. Meanwhile, the NCP has demanded the resignation of Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule for his total failure to handle the sensitive situation of power shortage.

The state NCP spokesman Nawab Malik, while speaking to reporters said, “Maharashtra is currently reeling under power deficit of  3000 MW. The power deficit is compounded by shortage of coal in all thermal stations of Maharashtra. None of the thermal power plants in the state is functioning to its fullest capacity due to shortage of coal.”

“Over a month ago, Rajasthan was facing a power deficit of 2500 MW. Hence, to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the poll-bound state along with Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the coal supply meant for Maharashtra has been diverted to these three states. The Maharashtra government is being remote-controlled from Delhi. The decisions regarding Maharashtra are being taken from Delhi,” he added further.

“An internal note of the Energy Department says that the power demand has increased by 20 per cent and there is a deficit of 3000 MW. If this is true, make this information public and tell people for how many hours they will face power shortage. Maharashtra received only 30,000 tonnes of coal of the total requirement of 1.5 lakh tonnes. Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal says there is no shortage of coal. If that is true then why Maharashtra is not getting sufficient supply of coal?” the NCP leader asked.

State Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Tuesday had said the power load-shedding is likely to coincide with the upcoming festive season when the demand typically shoots up to 16,000 MW per day. Contesting claims of Bawankule who had denied shortage of power, Malik said, “Maharashtra was short-changed by neighbouring Gujarat over power supply. Our state is deprived of its share of 400 MW of electricity from the Sardar Sarovar dam. The BJP-led state government should declare the exact quantum of power deficit and release in advance the timings of the power cuts to be imposed in villages, so that hardships of people will be reduced.”

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