‘State misleading people on power situation'

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‘Mismanagement' of power sector has resulted in the present crisis: CPI State secretary Narayana

HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India has criticised the State government for ‘misleading' people on the prevailing power situation.

The CPI said the statement made by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah in the Assembly was aimed at hoodwinking people to cover up ‘mismanagement' of the sector which resulted in the present crisis.

“The State and Central governments have succumbed to lobbying of some MPs who have stakes in private power generation plants,” CPI State secretary K. Narayana said.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said the State was facing a shortage of about 1,500 MW power at present and a major chunk of this could be avoided had the maintenance schedules of State-owned power plants been planned in advance.

In addition, the government's indifference in securing gas allocation for AP Genco from the Krishna-Godavari basin was reflective of the ‘step-motherly' attitude towards the public utility.

Dr. Narayana criticised some MPs from the State who were managing to secure gas allocations to some private projects that were selling power to neighbouring States.

Not disclosing the names of the MPs, he said while elected representatives in Tamil Nadu and other States were working to secure the interests of their respective States, MPs from Andhra Pradesh were concerned about “personal interests”.



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