Resolve energy crisis

  • Shabbir asks KCR
  • TS govt lacks clarity
  • Asks about Chattisgarh power
  • Blames Naidu for energy crisis in TS

Hyderabad, January 16: Deputy CLP leader in the Council Mohd Ali Shabbir here on Friday demanded that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to resolve the energy crisis in the State on emergency basis.

Speaking to mediapersons on the Assembly premises here, Shabbir Ali alleged that the Telangana Government lacks clarity on the power supply position. While Energy Minister C Laxma Reddy has been giving assurance of seven-hour power supply to farmers, the DISCOMS say they could not provide power for more than five hours. He asked the State Government to give a specific assurance to the farmers. He said similar confusion led to heavy losses to the farming community during Khariff leading to suicide of over 500 farmers.

The Congress leader also slammed the Chief Minister over delay in the execution of various power projects in Telangana. He said while 600 MW Kakatiya Thermal and 2×600 MW Power Project at Mancherial got delayed, the government did not move an inch after signing the MoU with Chattisgarh for supply of 1,000 MW of power. He said no work has been taken up for the establishment of line and grid from Chattisgarh to Dichpally. Similarly, there was no progress on 4,000 MW project by the NTPC, as approved under the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Act, 2014. He said even AICC president Sonia Gandhi had given an assurance to the people of Karimnagar that the project would come up in their district.

Shabbir Ali also slammed AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu for creating energy crisis in Telangana State. He said Naidu was deliberately delaying the commissioning of 2×800 MW Krishnapatnam Ultra power project just to deny Telangana its share of power. One unit is already ready since last five to six months and another one would be ready in a short while. However, Naidu was not declaring CoD as it would facilitate Telangana State in getting 53.89% share in its production. He accused Naidu of cheating the people of Telangana. Similarly, another project by Hindujas of 2×520 MW was being delayed deliberately.

Shabbir Ali said the Chief Minister should have taken up the issue either with the Centre or the Supreme Court. Stating that development of entire State depends upon power government, he said instead of holding review meetings in view of next GHMC elections, the Chief Minister should conduct a meeting to review the power supply position. Ridiculing the Chief Minister for stating that he was denied an appointment by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said when Chandrababu Naidu can meet the Prime Minister four to five times, then why KCR is unable to get an appointment. He asked KCR to explain whether the Prime Minister was denying him an appointment or he himself is not interested in meeting him. Else, he said both Modi and KCR must be acting in tandem as part of some secret agenda.

Shabbir Ali also slammed Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu for being partial to Telangana State and acting like cabinet minister of just AP. He said being a Union Minister he should give equal treatment to all States. When the Centre could convene an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the increase in MLC seats for AP, why it could not discuss the Telangana’s power crisis? People of Telangana too are Telugu speaking people, he said and condemned his silence on issues like bifurcation of High Court, power crisis, EAMCET, etc., He said whether the increase in MLC seats was more urgent that Telangana’s power crisis. Ali also criticized the Telangana Government for not participating in the recently held Pravasi Bharati Divas. He said neither the Chief Minister nor any of his ministers participated in the event to seek investments from the NRIs. This shows KCR’s lack of seriousness in attracting investments for the State. (NSS)

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