Congress, Farmers Slam ‘Power Crisis’ in Madhya Pradesh, BJP MLAs Also Raise Complaints


The opposition Congress and farmer organisations have slammed the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh over frequent energy cuts in the previous couple of days, particularly in rural areas, and highlighted a “deepening power crisis” within the state. The BJP’s personal MLAs have additionally complained about the issue. But MP power minister Pradhuman Singh Tomar has refuted the allegations and requested MLAs to furnish proof of energy outage and mentioned would personally go to these areas if there have been any such points.

The BJP assumed energy in Madhya Pradesh in 2003, using on the plank of bijli, sadak, paani however now appears to be feeling the warmth over the problem of electrical energy provide.

The BJP MLA from Maihar had written to the state authorities elevating the problem of large energy crunch in Vindhya area, additionally cautioning the get together that the Assembly election was forward and the problem might show to be contentious.

The MLA, alternatively, has additionally accused energy sector workers of being “untruthful” to the MP authorities, saying farmers and merchants have been certainly going through acute energy scarcity. He has introduced a protest on September 4.

Rakesh Giri Goswami, BJP MLA from Tikamgarh, additionally wrote to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday, alleging that Tikamgarh and Niwadi districts have been going through 12 to fifteen hours of energy cuts in rural areas for the previous week or so. Farmers have been unable to irrigate their land and native residents have been struggling as a consequence of extended energy cuts, he added.

Once Madhya Pradesh Congress obtained wind of those complaints, state unit chief Kamal Nath, too, took to social media on Monday and tweeted that the facility disaster in MP was deepening in rural areas and agriculture sector every passing day, with rural areas going through a number of hours of energy cuts. He claimed that coal scarcity was additionally hampering energy technology, and that a number of thermal energy tasks have been getting ready to closure.

‘Power crisis’ in rural areas, say farmers

Anil Yadav, state head of Bharatiya Kisan Union, instructed News18.com that two to 4 hours of energy minimize was a routine affair in rural areas, however there have been areas that have been going through outage for one to 2 days. Yadav mentioned paddy was being sown and areas that didn’t get ample rain have been struggling for lack of irrigation as a consequence of energy cuts.

Rahul Dhoot from Prant Pramukh Yuva Vahini of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) too mentioned energy cuts had change into extra frequent in rural areas, leaving farmers within the lurch. On September 8, the BKS can be handing a memorandum to the central management and listing it as a problem in Madhya Pradesh, Dhoot added.

Agricultural and farm specialists, nonetheless, mentioned the disaster might worsen when the rabi season commences and energy demand will peak to 16,000 to 17,000 MW a day by October.

No energy subsidy to coal firms?

Sources from the power division, nonetheless, claimed that since MP was going through scarcity of coal, energy firms have been overburdened with debt. They alleged that the businesses have been but to obtain energy subsidy from the state authorities. Hydel energy, too, had been hampered by erratic rain this 12 months, sources added.

Tomar couldn’t be reached for an unique remark, however refuted the allegations of an influence disaster whereas talking to the media at giant. “Let MLAs brief me about the areas that are facing 15 to 20 hours of power cuts, I will visit these areas personally,” Tomar mentioned, including that he’ll take strict motion if he discovered proof of such disaster.

Tomar instructed the media that one to 2 hours of energy shutdown had been imposed in some areas as coal mines have been flooded as a consequence of heavy rain, however denied that energy cuts have been being induced as a consequence of non-payment of energy subsidy to coal firms. “We are in a better situation than Maharashtra and Rajasthan (both non-BJP states),” Tomar added.

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