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Yogi Adityanath government sets timeline to make four power plants operational

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government has drawn a timeline to operationalise at least key coal-fired thermal power projects to augment the power supply in the state in the net 12 months.

Accordingly, in the first phase, a 660 Mw unit each in Obra and Jawaharpur Super Thermal Power stations are set to be made operational by the end of May to provide relief to the people in summer, highly placed sources in the energy department told TOI.

Confirming the development Managing Director, UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam (UPRVUNL), P Guru Prasad told TOI that “best efforts” were being made to get the projects started timely. “Necessary directions have been issued to the authorities to ensure that the projects start commercial operation within the set timeline,” he said.

Situated in Malawan village of Etah, the 1,320 Mw Jawaharpur power station is fully owned by UPRVUNL. Likewise, the 1,320 Mw Obra power plant, situated in Sonbhadra around 125 km from Varanasi, too, is a 100% subsidiary of the Utpadan Nigam.
Yogi Adityanath government sets timeline to make four power plants operational
Prasad said that the plans are also afoot to get a 660 Mw unit in Ghatampur operational by September later this year. The 1980 Mw project, situated in Kanpur, is a joint venture of Neyveli Lignite Corporation (51%) and UPRVUNL (49%). Sources said that a high-level team of officials from the Union power and coal ministry had recently visited the site and sought to expedite the project.

The upcoming projects could help the state government tide over the ever-looming power crisis triggered by a steep rise in electricity demand, essentially at the peak of summer. The state government’s move to get more and more villages electrified has further added to the rise in the demand for power.

Officials said that the demand for power in the upcoming summers is expected to touch 28,000 Mw mark, a rise of around 3000 Mw over the previous year. At present, the demand for power has already touched a figure of over 18,000 Mw. Of this, power generation in UP accounts for around 11,000 Mw. The state-owned power plants have been generating 3232 Mw, according to the data of the UP state power load dispatch centre.

Sources said that the state government also planned to get the 660 Mw unit in Panki (Kanpur) operational by March next year. Significantly, this would also be the time when the Lok Sabha elections would be around the corner.

The lighting up of power plants would arm the ruling BJP to counter the opposition’s charge of not doing enough for the power sector. As a matter of fact, while the Obra project was initiated by the Mayawati government in 2011, the Jawaharpur and Ghatampur started during the previous Akhilesh Yadav regime between 2015 and 2016. Likewise, the Panki project was expedited after the BJP rode to power in 2017.