Hyderabad: The State Government on Tuesday rejected the demand of the opposition parties in the Legislative Assembly to constitute a house committee to study the power supply situation at field level. Expressing protest against it, the TDP, CPI (M) and CPI staged walk out from the house.
Making a statement on power supply situation in the Legislative Assembly here, the Minister for Information Technology, Mr Ponnala Laxmaiah, on behalf of the Chief Minister, said that the demand for power was shooting up exponentially with every passing day. Currently, APDISCOMs were supplying 257 MU/day and meeting the peak demand of 11,700 MW which was all time high. Power supply position was comfortable this year upto March 7, 2011 with no scheduled power cuts to any sector. But there was loss of generation of 1,420 MW by March 8 due to forced outage of four units of APGENCO (880 MW), 2 units of private gas based projects (380 MW) and one unit of Merchant Plant supply power to the State, he added. During this period, the shortfall was managed by stepping up hydel power generation from Srisailam and giving load relief to domestic sector during day time, he maintained.
The maximum energy supplied has increased from 157 MU/day in 2004 to 257.2 MU/day in 2011, an increase of 63.8 percent the number of consumers has increased from 1.57 crores in 2004 to 2.29 crores in 2011, an increase of 45.8 percent. The Minister informed that the Government was making all efforts to meet the increasing demand”.
The Minister said that seven hour power supply was being ensured to the agriculture sector as per the groups notified by the respective DISCOMs and all steps are being taken to ensure that the standing crops were protected. Priority was being given to give power supply to rural and urban drinking water schemes. Load relief was being available in towns and mandal head quarters during day-time depending upon grid requirement. The load relief (power cut) was essential for safe and secure operations of the grid during high load, he added.
The Minister also brushed aside the demand of the opposition leaders for a house committee to study power supply situation in the State.
The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the farmers were facing hardship in the State due to power cuts and high voltage problem. He reminded that the Government has already announced 2 hours scheduled power cut for municipalities. There was no –power cut for Tirupathi all these years, but power cut is being implemented now in the divine city, he added. At the time of transfer of the power to the Congress from the earlier TDP government, there was 5,000 MW of surplus power to the State. In the last seven year, the Congress Government has achieved generation of only 1,507 MWs of power, he regretted. He attributed the power cuts to the incapability of the Congress Government.
“During the earlier TDP regime, the power sector of the state was model to other states in the Country. But now, it was in the dark”, he deplored. The irrelevant policies pursued by the Congress Government in the last seven years have collapsed the power sector in the state. He demanded the Government to release the arrears of Rs 13,000 crores to DISCOM immediately. The pre-poll promises of the Congress – nine hours free power supply to farmers, free power to aqua farmers and others were not implemented, he criticized.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the statement of the Minister, Mr Naidu announced that his party was staging walk out from the house.
The CPIM) member, Mr Julakanti Ranga Reddy said that the Government has utterly failed to ensure seven hours uninterrupted power supply to the agriculture sector. The crop of the farmers were drying due to power cut in rural areas, he deplored. The filling of over head tanks of drinking water scheme has become a big problem due to power cuts, he added. Due to non availability of rolling stocks, it was taking weeks of time to replace the burnt transformers, he added. He suggested the Government to fill up vacant AE and Line man posts in energy department. He also insisted for a house committee on power supply situation. He staged walk out from the house over denial of the Government for setting up of house committee.
The CPI floor leader, Mr Gunda Mallesh said that the statement of the Minister was far away from the reality of power supply at field level. The statement was nothing but a magic of numbers. The Government should setup house committee to study the situation of power supply in the state that would bring facts to its notice. He also announced that his party was walking out protesting the Governments rigidity on setting up of house committee. (NSS)