Development of the nation only possible when UP develops : Chief Minister To listen to and address problems/complaints brought to it by the consumers main responsibility of Power Regulatory Commission Power tariff in the state much lesser than in other states State government has requested the union government for establishing Nuclear Plant in the state Governor, in presence of chief minister lays foundation stone of the UP Power Regulatory Commission’s Building Uttar Pradesh governor Mr. Ram Naik has said that the development of the nation was possible only with the development of Uttar Pradesh. Terming the population of the state a valued asset for the nation, Mr. Naik said serious thought should be given to the development of Uttar Pradesh. He further added that a minor increase in state’s GDP of 01 per cent could spur development at the national level.
Underlining the need to complete government projects within the fixed timelines, the governor said that due to inordinate delays, the costs inflate and the people are also deprived of their timely benefits. The governor was speaking today at the foundation laying function of the UP State Power Regulatory Commission at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan. The function was presided over by chief minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav.
Mr. Naik also said that the Commission and the power department should work in accordance with the needs of the people and should review its work till now and plan for work ahead accordingly so that people get maximum power. To make Uttar Pradesh into an ‘Uttam Pradesh’, power sector was very crucial the governor said while pointing out at the yawning gap between demand and supply across the country and added that this could be brought down by curing line losses.
Speaking at the function, chief minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav said owing to the needs of the UP Power Regulatory Commission, a new building was necessary. Referring to the growing responsibilities of the commission, the chief minister said its main responsibility was not only to listen to the problems faced by the consumers but also redress them promptly. Referring to the size of the state, Mr. Yadav said until the basic infrastructure of the state, including power was not developed further and strengthened, progress of the nation was not possible.
Mr. Yadav further said that the state and the country was continuously developing and said as a result of this increase in demand of power was but natural. Owing to this, he pointed out adequate power supply in some parts and the rural areas was still not possible which was also affecting the economy. Since cheap power is not available to the industrial sector, this was also affecting the cost of production, following which the economy was being impacted in a negative way.
Stating that the state government was making all efforts to make adequate power supply in the state, the chief minister said the possibility of establishing hydro-power projects in the state was almost negligible and hence the state government had requested the union government for a nuclear plant in the state.
The chief minister also said that to meet the present day power demand, coal supply was of crucial importance. He also said that in comparison with other states, power tariff was much less in the state. Mr. Yadav also lauded the work being done by the power department in generation, transmission and distribution but said a lot can be done in these segments.
Referring to the recent film ‘Kantiyabaaz’, the Chief Minister said such films raised a question mark on this system and said that however the truth was mere 25 per cent of what was shown in the film. He also hoped that in future the power department will function in such a way that people will make good films on the department.
He also told the gathering that the present day government was doing a lot to improve the basic infrastructure in the state and increase power supply and said that to increase power supply, the government was also prompting co-generation. He said that through drives illegal power connections were being curbed and informed that in Etawah alone 25,000 new connections had been given recently and that all over the state 24 lakh new connections were given. Saying that when he assumed power he inherited a debt of Rs 30,000 crore on the power department and that they had done a lot to bring back the power department on tracks.
Earlier, the governor and the chief minister were welcomed by Chairman of the UP Power Regulatory Commission Mr. Desh Deepak Verma who said the commission was also involved in redressing problems of the consumers and informed that over the previous year the number of cases heard by the commission were three times more. He also informed that the new building being built at a cost of Rs 18.70 crore, will be earthquake resistant and a green building.
Also present on the occasion were political pensions minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, principal secretary (Power) Mr. Sanjay Agarwal, member of the commission Ms. Meenkashi Singh, engineers, office bearers of the Power Consumers Federation and power consumers.