Power allocation from UMPPs violate technical, commercial norms:CS

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New Delhi, Feb 27 (UNI) The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board (CSEB) today said the allotment of power from the proposed ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) to the various state utilities has been made in arbitrary manner, violating the technical and commercial norms.

In a letter to Planning Commission, CSEB Chairman Rajib Ranjan further said that they have earlier written to the Power Secretary for evolving policy guidelines for allocation of power from UMPPs on similar lines as was formulated for allotment of power from Central Sector Power Stations to the beneficiaries known as Gadgil formula.

''But inspite of our repeated requests and efforts, there has been no results. It appears that there will be a huge loss if it is not corrected at this stage,'' he said.

Citing example, he said, the power from Sassan UMPPs in Madhya Pradesh under Western Region has not been allocated to Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, which are situated in that region.

Mr Ranjan said that allocation to various state utilities situated in Northern Region has been made from UMPPs located in the Southern Region.

''This has necessitated installation of long distance power transmission network all along the route from of state of Tamil Nadu to the state of Punjab-Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir,'' he said.

This has resulted extra cost to the state exchequer, beside increase in transmission losses and cost, he said UNI MP BJR VC2040

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