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Home News Power Sector News Himachal will probe Sale of power to Delhi Transco at low rates

Himachal will probe Sale of power to Delhi Transco at low rates

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PK DhumalChief Minister PK Dhumal has said that an inquiry will be held to ascertain whether the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) could have sold power to Delhi Transco at a higher rate than the rate at which it was actually given. In his reply to the debate on the annual budget of the HPSEB in the Assembly , Dhumal said in case substance was found in the charges of sale of power at lower rates when there were better offers available, action would be taken against the guilty. It was Congress legislator GS Bali who had demanded an inquiry into sale of power at lower rates.

“What needs to be ascertained is the fact whether the better offers were already there with the HPSEB before the closing of the bids, or these came in later,” he said. In case the government had suffered a loss on account of the deal, the guilty would not be spared, he added.

He said efforts were being made to set up more and more hydropower projects to harness the maximum power potential in the state. “Under the 11th Five Year Plan, we have set a target to harness 5,664 MW so that the total harnessed power goes up to 12,386 MW out of a total potential of 20,415 MW,” he said.

Dhumal said some changes had been brought about in the power policy to make it more effective. He denied that these changes had led to some doubts in the minds of the entrepreneurs. “A Rs 4.5-crore master plan had been prepared to strengthen the power distribution system and efforts were being made to execute power projects within a fixed time frame,” he said.

Participating in the debate, CLP leader Vidya Stokes pleaded that the poor sections of society must be provided subsidy on power. “The frequent changes being made in the power policy are having an adverse impact on the power sector,” she maintained.

GS Bali said had the officials of the HPSEB acted more wisely while selling power to Delhi Transco, the state could have been saved from incurring heavy financial loss.

Kuldeep Pathania of the Congress said it was a matter of pride for the state that 12,000 MW power would be harnessed by 2012. “However, we need to take safeguards to ensure that there is no damage to the environment due to the coming up of power projects,” he said.

Source - Tribune News Service

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