Says artificial shortage of coal is being created in the State which has hit functioning of the thermal power plants
Guwahati, July 30: The State BJP today alleged a nexus between the coal mafia and power minister Pradyut Bordoloi which has in turn hit power production in the State due to an artificial shortage of coal required for the thermal plants.
“The coal mafia which is operating in the State, in connivance with the power minister, is creating an artificial shortage of coal so as to sell their product outside the State at higher prices as well as in the black market. The artificial shortage of coal has forced closure of the Chandrapur and Margherita thermal plants,” BJP spokesmen Adip Phukan and Rupam Goswami told a press conference today.
Despite having generation capacity, the thermal power plants in the State remain defunct due to the inadequate supply of coal which is abundant in the State, they alleged.
Describing the assurances of the power minister to ramp up power generation in the State as a mere “illusion”, Phukan said “at this pace, the State government can never meet the State’s power requirement.”
Pointing to a study by the Electric Power Study Focus that the power demand in the State will increase from 1618 MW in 2014–15 to 1715 MW in 2015–16, the BJP spokesman said the requirement in the State is on the rise.
“Even if the NTPC’s 700 MW Bongaigaon plant starts production, it will fail to meet the State’s demand,” the BJP leader claimed.
Taking a further dig at the power minister, the BJP leaders also alleged that he was planning to transfer the 200–bigha land of the Chandrapur thermal plant to corporate houses. “Else, why is he not trying to revive the project despite availability of coal,” Phukan said.
The State BJP also demanded a white paper from the power minister on the alleged Rs 400–crore scam in implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yujana in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts that was brought to light in a report by the then parliamentary secretary of power Bhupen Bora in the assembly.
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