Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam and CPM members staged a walk out from the State Assembly on Saturday protesting against the failure of the State government in giving a categorical assurance to provide uninterrupted power supply to the consumers, especially to the agriculture sector.
Earlier, the State government stoutly refuted the Opposition charge that unscheduled power cuts were being resorted to even before the onset of summer and assured that necessary steps were being taken to tide over any shortage and meet the requirements of the consumers, including in the agriculture sector.
The Minister for Information Technology, Mr Ponnala Laxmaiah, deputizing for the Chief Minister, revealed this in the State Assembly during question hour. Replying to the main question of PRP member, Ms Vanga Geetha, the Minister explained that as per the directions of the State government the APDISCOMS have already placed orders for purchase of 1000 MW of power in March and 800 MW in April this year. The transmission corridor has already been booked in advance for purchase of above quantum of power to overcome any shortage in the coming summer season, he added.
The Minister further disclosed that the government was also making efforts to source Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) through GAIL to enable generation of additional 500 MW of power from the existing gas-based projects. He also denied that the government was resorting to unscheduled power cuts even before the onset of summer, which was stoutly contested by the Opposition members.
Mr Satyanarayana (PRP), Mr Muddu Krishnama Naidu (TDP) and Mr J. Ranga Reddy (CPM) and others expressed serious concern over the erratic power supply being faced by the consumers, especially in the villages. They pointed that the farmers were adversely affected due to the unscheduled power cuts. They charged that despite the assurance to provide nine-hour power supply to the agriculture sector, only seven hours of power was being provided and that too not continuously. When will the government provide uninterrupted power supply of nine hours as assured two years ago? he asked.
Expressing concern over the State incurring huge expenditure and revenue loss over the State government’s lopsided policy in the power sector, the Lok Satta member, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, suggested adoption of the Gujarat government’s system of separating the feeder lines for the agriculture and non-agriculture sectors. He also regretted that the government was doling out sanctions to private firms for setting up thermal power projects without bothering about the ecological and environmental concerns.
INQUIRY ORDERED: The Home Minister, Ms Sabita Indra Reddy, disclosed in the House that an inquiry has been ordered with regard to seizure of cell phones, ganja and other drugs from the prisoners in Cherlapalli Jail recently.
Replying to a question, the Home Minister revealed that Mr B. Sunil Kumar, Additional IGP, has been appointed inquiry officer to fix the responsibility on the concerned officials as to how the cell phones and ganja have found their way into the jail. Necessary action would be taken after the receipt of the report, she added.
GARBAGE DUMPING YARDS: The Minister for Municipal Administration, Mr M. Maheedhar Reddy, assured that the State government would ensure that the proposed modern dumping yard to be established in Vijayawada City would be completed by March next year.
Replying to a question in the House, the Minister said that the Municipal Solid Waste Management Project was sanctioned under the JNNURM for which Rs 9.01 crores was spent on land acquisition and Rs 21.50 crores on construction of 150 MT capacity compost plant, 200 MT capacity sanitary land fill and administrative blocks and so on.
While TDP member, Mr Devineni Uma Maheshwar Rao, complained about numerous health hazards faced by the people due to the open dumping yards, the CPM member, Mr J. Ranga Reddy, said that similar problem was being faced in Miryalguda and suggested that the government should construct a compound wall around all the dumping yards and not just establish open dumping yards and wanted required processing units to be set up at the dumping yards.(NSS)