Anpara D foundation ceremony soon: Minister

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Mathura, Feb 10 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh energy minister Ramveer Upadhyay said foundation stone of 1,000 mega watt capacity Anpara D project will be laid soon.

''Presently, electricty demand of the state is 8,000 MW, while the power corporation is supplying 6,500 MW,'' Mr Upadhyay said addressing a press meet here yesterday.

CM Mayawati was ready to purchase electricity even on high charges, but the central government could not fulfill the demands, he added.

Mr Upadhyay asserted, the state requires 4,500 MW electric supply from the centre, whereas it supplies only 3,000 MW. This is the condition when UP government is paying Rs 12 per unit, however it only charges Rs 2 per unit from the public, he added.

Making a scathing attack on the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime, Mr Upadhyay said ''the power department had suffered Rs 5,202 crore loss in the last regime, however our government is trying to overcome the power crisis.'' ''Our target is to produce 10,000 MW electricity in the present five year plan,'' he added.

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