Energy generation deal put under scanner by Maharashtra CM
VJAS | 17 Jan 2011
MAHARASHTRA CHIEF minister Prithiraj Chavan has asked concerned authorities regarding serious complaint of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) urging him Maharashtra government to look into the issue of a power plant in Mihan-Sez in Nagpur" illegally" selling energy to Mumbai-based Reliance Power Trading Company.
Chief Minister has sent Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) for appropriate action to . A.M. Khan Principal secretary (Industries) who has asked concerned official to conduct detail inquiry in allged power selling agreement.
Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) in complaint added that the Abhijeet MADC Nagpur Energy Private Limited has floated the basic condition of environmental clearance has operating the unit number one without installing air pollution control devices and added to that Abhijeet MADC Nagpur Energy Private Limited is using water reserved for drinking and irrigation purpose of Hingana taluka villagers.
Referring to the Abhijeet MADC Nagpur Energy Private Limited's (AMNEPL) power sale agreement to sell its it's power to Reliance Power, VJA president Kishore Tiwari said the deal was illegal as AMNEPL has been financed and allowed to enjoy all tax benefits to supply power to SEZ industries. The same method was adopted earlier in the housing project of MIHAN-SEZ as flats reserved for SEZ employees were recklessly sold to private persons, he said in a release issued here.
The decision of Nagpur Municipal Corporation(NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust(NIT) owned flagship company MADC Nagpur Energy Private Limited (AMNEPL), with private participation of Abhijeet Group of Nagpur, to enter in to a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Reliance Power Trading Company to sell electricity generated from the first unit of its plant was ridiculous, the release said." Though power is generated in and around Nagpur, very heavy charges for transmission losses are being taxed on Nagpur and Vidarbha consumers. Maharashtra Government should provide the power generated in the captive power plant of MIHAN-SEZ on subsidised rate to Nagpur based SEZ units," it said.