The state purchased electricity worth a staggering Rs 47,000 crore from five private companies in the last six years, the Opposition Congress said in the assembly on Monday.
Initiating the debate on budgetary demands of energy and petrochemicals department, Congress’s deputy leader in the assembly Shailesh Parmar, said that the state was purchasing large quantity of power from private players even as its own plants were either lying idle or were under-utilised.
“The state government purchased 1.75 lakh Million Units (MUs) of electricity worth Rs 47,305 crore from five private companies in last six years. Electricity of more than Rs 20,800 crore was purchased from Adani Power alone,” Parmar said in the House.
Quoting various figures, the senior MLA said that power generated by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) and government-owned independent power producers had fallen sharply in spite of increase in capacity over the years.
“As against this, generation by private sector companies like Tata, Essar and Torrent has gone up by nearly nine times from nearly 6,000 MUs in 2001-02 to 54,717 MUs in 2016-17,” he said further. Read More…