UP CM ASKS POWER OFFICIALS TO CHECK THE GROUND REALITY AFTER MAKING CLAIMS
Lucknow: Facing recurrent and prolonged power outages? Even UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has the same grudge. Making a pinching remark at the claims of power department of providing uninterrupted electricity supply, Akhilesh said that claims apart, the power department needs to check the ground reality.
“Aapne keh to diya ki 24 ghante bijli aayegi…par kya aisa hota hai…abhi Holi mein mere kshetra mein hi ghanton bijli nahi thi..,” the CM said during a mini-grid investor conclave in Lucknow on Monday. He, though did not mentioned the area but recounted how electricity supply resumed only after he called on the department officials. Akhilesh comment, that left the top brass of UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) red faced, smacked off the claims of UPPCL of providing uninterrupted power supply across the state even during the festival of colors, leave rest of the days.
Akhilesh said that he always maintained that his government would come back to power only “if better power supply is ensured to the people of the state”. “Principal secretary (energy), Sanjay Agarwal, asked me to remove that ‘if’. He claimed that power supply would surely improve in the days t come. I hope that to happen soon,” the CM said. This is not the first time that Akhilesh raised an ante on the power issue. He had raised a question mark on the quality of power plants like Anpara D which were though inaugurated by him never operated.Yadav said that his government was working towards the goal of providing better power supply in the state. “There is certainly improvement. We are now equipped enough to provide more power not only the urban and rural areas,” he said. UPPCL, as a matter of fact, has already revised the power schedule in the rural and urban areas. While minimum power supply to rural areas has been tweaked from 10 hours to 14 hours, that for districts has been revised from 15 to 20 hours.