The Centre is miffed with Uttar Pradesh’s claims about its power situation and has alleged that the pollbound state has been fudging data to project zero electricity deficit.
Official sources said the state is not providing accurate data on supply and details on implementation of Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna (Uday) to hide slow progress. The Centre had earlier clashed with the state after the Union ministry declared a village in Hathras district with no power connectivity as electrified.
Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation chairman Sanjay Agarwal did not respond to calls and messages sent by ET. A top power ministry official questioned the data provided by Uttar Pradesh on the ministry’s mobile applicationcum-portal Vidyut Pravah, which shows real-time power position in a state and the price at which it can purchase electricity from the power exchange.
The portal showed that Uttar Pradesh faced 1.2 per cent power deficit and 3.1 per cent peak-hour deficit on Tuesday, meeting demand for about 12,000 MW.
“The state faced a high power deficit when the electricity demand was at 11,500 MW a few weeks back. How can it claim to have met the demand with the addition of just 500 MW?” he said.
Data available with the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) shows Uttar Pradesh’s peak-hour deficit in January last year stood high at 16.1 per cent despite meeting power demand of 11,625 MW.
The CEA, too, compiles the power supply position report based on data provided by states. The power ministry official said given federal structure, data provided by states cannot be questioned by the Centre.
The power ministry had earlier clashed with the state after media reports highlighted that villagers of Nagla Fatela in Hathras district, referred as electrified by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech, did not have electricity.
Modi had said that although Nagla Fatela was only three hours away from Delhi, it had taken 70 years (since Independence) for electricity to reach there. Media reports, however, said villagers were using ‘katia’ connections, or tapping electricity illegally from agricultural feeders.
Power minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday launched a mobile application and portal to track implementation of Uday by states. Goyal said his ministry will launch schemes to incentivise performing states that are a part of the Uday scheme.
Telangana and Assam on Wednesday joined Uday, taking the count of states that are part of the discom revival scheme to 20. Telangana is likely to reap a net benefit of Rs 6,116 crore and Assam about Rs 1,663 crore through Uday, an official statement said. Tamil Nadu, with discom losses of Rs 50,000 crore, is likely to join Uday this week. Cortez Kennedy Authentic JerseyShare This