Madhya Pradesh coal quota reduced: Chouhan

April 25th, 2008 - 6:42 pm ICT by admin  

Bhopal, April 25 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Friday charged the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government with reducing coal quotas for various thermal power stations so that the state government could be defamed for being unable to meet the demand for electricity. Chouhan told newspersons here that due to reduced supply, thermal power stations like Sarni were left with three days of coal requirement and power generation may stop if adequate coal was not provided immediately.

He said Sarni thermal power plant’s coal quota has been reduced from 661,000 tonnes to 575,000 tonnes, of Birsinghpur power plant from 680,000 tonnes to 570,000 tonnes, and of Amarkantak thermal power plant from 190,000 tonnes to 120,000 tonnes.

“Besides, the central government has reduced the state’s quota in the eastern region’s un-allocated power quota from 350 MW to 31 MW and has taken no initiative towards early completion of the power projects which are being delayed for want of supply of equipment by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.(BHEL),” Chouhan said.

Several requests have been made to the union power minister to ask the company to expedite the installation of power plants in the state but to no avail, he added.

He said another example of step motherly treatment with the state in this election year was non-provision of drought relief despite several requests in person and through letters.

“I have been demanding Rs.1,500 crore (Rs.15 billion) for instant relief to the drought affected Bundelkhand region and Rs.24,000 crore (Rs.240 billion) package for long term projects to provide relief to the region for more than six months but nothing has been done so far. I have also requested the prime minister, (union) agriculture minister and the union home minister to come and see the condition of Bundelkhand region themselves but no one has bothered to visit the state despite assurances,” he said.

Charging the union government with playing truant with an eye to elections later this year, Chouhan said the central government discriminated with the state in providing food grains for the people living Above Poverty Line (APL).

“While Tamil Nadu has been given 145,000 tonnes of food grains for APL families, Andhra Pradesh 113,700 tonnes and Karnataka 690,000 tonnes, Madhya Pradesh has been provided a meagre 66,000 tonnes of food grains for APL families against the demand of 119,000 tonnes,” he claimed.

Despite rise in number of BPL families in the state from 412,500 to 625,000, the central government has not accordingly raised the quota of foodgrains for BPL families despite requests, Chouhan said.

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