The CPI has come down heavily on the government for what it calls the bleak power scenario in the State.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, CPI State secretary K. Narayana said the State was reeling under a power crisis as the government lacked vision. The government, in a bid to cover up its follies, was showing the Singareni strike as the reason for power shortage in the State.

In fact, it had failed in supplying requisite gas to the APGenco, which constructed gas-based power generation units in Karimnagar and Ranaga Reddy districts. The Genco was moving earth and heaven for gas supplies, he said. Neither the 33 MPs nor the State or Central governments took any initiative to supplement its efforts.

Surprisingly, private power companies such as Lanco and GVK, who applied much later than the Genco, were getting gas supplies.

They were selling power outside the State.

On the other hand, the government was contemplating burdening the people with Rs.7,000 crore on the pretext of tariff revision. “It's a sheer violation of electoral promise. The people will not tolerate if the government does not withdraw the proposals,” he said.

Alleging that industrialist Sudhir Sanghvi had evaded huge bank loans, he demanded that the government direct the police to confiscate properties of the industrialist.

CPI district secretary Akkineni Vanaja and district leader Suryadevara Nageswara Rao were present.

Rally

Meanwhile, CPI city secretary K. Subba Raju said a rally would be taken out from Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram to Lenin Centre to mark the launch of the three-day CPI city conclave. A public meeting would be organised at Lenin Centre, he added.

Keywords: power crisis