Hyderabad, April 17 : The Left Parties here on Sunday demanded that the State government withdraw the permissions given to a large number of merchant power plants, which would exploit the resources and cause pollution. They have also demanded the roll back of the hiked power tariff.
The Left parties held a State-level meeting against hike in power tariff at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram here.
Addressing the meeting, the CPI (M) State Secretary, Mr B.V. Raghavulu, demanded that the government formulate the power generation and distribution policy for strengthening the power sector in the State. Instead of encouraging private power companies, the government should concentrate on public sector ones, he said and strongly criticized the government for giving permissions to merchant power plants. The power plants should be set up under Genco in tune with the growing demand for power in the State. He wanted the government to stop setting up of power plants in the Coastal area.
Strongly opposing the hike in power tariff, he urged the State government to, at least, spare the middle and lower classes from the burden of the tariff hike. The recent tariff hike would cause additional burden of Rs 641 crores on these vulnerable sections. He demanded that the government drop the idea of privatization of power sub-stations.
The CPI State Secretary, Dr K. Narayana, alleged that the State government was trying to withdraw free power to farmers in a phased manner. His party would organise three State-level meetings on hike in power tariff at Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Warangal soon. He underlined the need for long drawn agitation to mount pressure on the government for roll back of the hiked power tariff.
The leaders of the CPI (ML), the SUCI, Forward Bloc, CPI (ML-Liberation) and MCPI also attended the meeting. (NSS)