Union Government not supplying coal as per requirements of the power plants in the state
Government of India should provide as soon as possible long term coal linkages for new power plants
Chief Minister seeks effective actions by the GoI to solve problems faced by power projects in the state
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that there is discrimination in power allocation to the state from the Central Pool and added that the government of India was not providing enough coal as per requirements of power plants in the state. Other than this, he pointed out, providing coal for new power projects was also being delayed. He requested the union government to effectively deal with the problems related to power projects in the state.
Mr. Yadav said that the state has been making sustained requests at the level of Prime Minister and the Minister of State for Coal (Independent Charge) to solve the problems and requirements of the power sector in the state and a meeting by the Union Minister of State for Coal was proposed a few days back. The Chief Minister further said that the Union Minister did not come for the meeting but some deliberations took place between the State Government power officials and their counterparts in the Government of India.
He informed that very soon he will go to New Delhi and meet the Union Power Minister. The Chief Minister underlined that by population, Uttar Pradesh was the biggest state in the country and for this reason it should get maximum power from the central pool though the truth was in stark contrast. Other states neighboring UP, he pointed out, were being allotted more electricity. He cited the example of Delhi, which has been allocated 70% of the 5,788 MW central pool for Uttar Pradesh though the population of Delhi is less than even half of UP.
Surplus power is sold by states that have electricity more than required. The Chief Minister added that time had come to rethink the allocation of guidelines for allocation of power by the centre from its pool. Mr. Yadav said that coal is allocated by the centre for the thermal power plants in the state. Power producing plants are suffering owing to nonsupply of coal as per requirements. Because of this, while the people of the state are suffering, development of the state is also faced with a setback.
The Chief Minister also requested the union government to provide for long term coal linkages as soon as possible for the new power plants being established in the state so that they can be completed in time and the people of the state are rid of the power problems.