Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said that his government was committed to improving the power scenario in the state. He said without the availability of adequate power supply in the state, allround development was extremely difficult. Industrial, social and economic development was only possible when power supply was in good measure, he further stated.
He also assured that the state government would do all it could to increase power availability so as to ensure that development reaches all strata of the society. The chief minister made these statements during the foundation stone laying function of the 1980 megawatt thermal power generation plant at Ghatampur tehsil in Kanpur, which is a joint collaboration between Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam (UPRVUN).
The function was inaugurated by the chief guest, Union Coal Minister Mr. Shriprakash Jaiswal and the chief minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav by jointly lighting up the inaugural lamp. The chief minister, in his address, said that more compensation would be given to farmers whose lands had been acquired by the project and it would be ensured that they were given employment on priority basis.
Other than this, the chief minister said, uninterrupted power supply would be ensured in a 25 km. area adjoining Ghatampur. The power supply would ensure fast development of this backward area, he added. The chief minister further said that the present power availability for the 20 crore population was less presently and because of this the state government was purchasing electricity from other states.
He hoped that after the power plant came up, Uttar Pradesh would become independent and assured that the state government is willing to help every effort that increases power generation in the state. It may be mentioned here that in this plant, the NLC has a stake holding of 51% and UPRVUN has a stake of 49%. On the occasion, the Union Coal Minister Mr. Shriprakash Jaisawal said that for thermal power plants, the Coal Ministry was committed to providing coal blocks and coal linkages to Uttar Pradesh.
Mr. Jaiswal further said that by the year 2015 the plant would be in a position to ensure that power crisis in Ghatampur, its nearby areas and Bundelkhand were met. Also present on the occasion were Minister of State for Coal Mr. Prateek Prakash Bapu Patil, Secretary Coal Ministry Mr. SK Srivastava, Chairman of NLC Mr. AR Ansari, Additional Secretary Ministry of Coal Mrs. Zohra Chaterjee, MP Mr. Rakesh Sachan, Mr. Raja Ram Pal, Legislators Mr. Indrajeet Kori, Mr. Muneendra Shukla, Mr. Madan Gopal Verma, Industrial and Infrastructure Development Commissioner Mr. Anil Kumar Gupta, Chairman cum Managing Director of UPPCL Mr. Avanish Awasthi, Managing Director of UPRVUN Mr. Dheeraj Sahu and other dignitaries.