Government urged to support pvt agencies in power sector

LUCKNOW: Raising concern over the grim power scenario in the state, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India

ASSOCHAM) has asked UP government to support private agencies in exploring and establishing renewable sources of energy.

The body also advised the state government to set up more electricity substations to effectively address the problem of insufficient power generation and distribution.

Citing data pertaining to Uttar Pradesh, ASSOCHAM

ational general secretary, DS Rawat, said: “In 2008-09, UP faced a power shortage of 22% between April and March.” Rawat added that as per available statistics, till January 31, 2010, UP’s total installed capacity stood at 9,534.55 mw. Of this, 4,621.20 mw was contributed by state government, while Central government contributed 4,367.85 MW. Private contribution to the power sector, however, was only 545.50 mw.

In addition, ASSOCHAM also recommended that more projects for energy production be installed in order to boost production capacity and sustain the growth rate that had been achieved. Currently, UP generates 6,612.84 mw through coal, 1,597.42 mw hydroenergy, 550 mw of gas-based energy, 203.72 mw nuclear energy and 570.60 mw through renewable sources of energy.

Aside from demanding lucrative investment packages and sops for the power sector, ASSOCHAM is also in the process of devising detailed recommendations in the fields of agriculture and sugar production in Uttar Pradesh.

Source: Times of India

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