2168 MW shortfall during peak hour demand
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Minister for Public Works Department, Kailash Vijayvargiya, admitted in the Assembly on Tuesday that there was an average shortfall of 2168 MW of power to meet the evening peak hour demand in December 2005 (till December 25) but at the same time denied that the State continued to reel under the harsh impact of a severe power crisis.
Mr. Vijayvargiya's reply came during question hour in response to a query by Congress party's Indrajit Kumar. The Minister said despite the continuing gap between demand and supply, electricity supply was being regularly maintained.
He pointed out that the minimum requirement of the farm sector was being met and all efforts were being made to augment the power generation capacity.
Later, during discussions on supplementary demands, Mr. Kumar tried to corner the Bharatiya Janata Party Government on the power issue.
He said that the people in the State were suffering due to the State Government's failure to improve the power situation.
Replying to Mr. Kumar's charge, BJP's Sudha Jain said that not a single MW of additional power was generated during ten years of Congress rule. She said that power generation units at Birsinghpur, Amarkantak and Sarni were continuously tripping due to poor maintenance under the previous Congress regime and this was a major reason for the continuing gap in demand and supply of electricity.