Bhupinder Singh Secretary General NIPEF said that in case of Punjab, the generation capacity addition under the state sector has been totally ignored for more than a decade and the state is facing lot of contractual problems from the three private sector thermal plants. The execution of the 1320 MW Mukerian Thermal Project under state sector is moving at snail's pace despite the availability of cheaper indigenous coal from our own captive coal mine for which Punjab shall pay dearly in the years to come.
R S Dahiya Chairman NIPEF said that a majority of MOU's signed by the private players in Uttar Pradesh and Himachal have not taken off as yet. The private sector thermal plants are managing to alter the power purchase agreements thereby resulting in increase in cost of power purchased by the Discoms leading to tariff increase.
The sole motive of these private plants is profit and not social responsibility. The state's share in the generation mix is going down steadily across the country thereby seriously eroding the state's control in this vital sector, which should be a cause of concern.
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