Dehradun, September 12
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna called on Union Power Minister M Veerappa Moily in New Delhi today and urged the Union Minister to consider allocation of coal-based power projects to state. He said that earlier too the Central government was approached with a request to establish coal-based 660 MW thermal power plant as per the policy of the Union government and also to supply power to the state through National Grid.
Bahuguna expressed his gratitude for giving priority to Uttarakhand for the purchase of 15 per cent additional power, besides 13 per cent free power generated from Dhauliganga-Gauriganga Hydropower project at Pithoragarh district undertaken by the NHPC, according to a press release issued by the Uttarakhand government.
The Chief Minister requested the Union Minister to help in beginning all those projects that had received environmental clearance. Stating that Uttarakhand was called Urja Pradesh, Bahuguna revealed that the state had to purchase power worth Rs 900 crore the previous year to meet its power demand. He said that hydropower projects were instrumental for financial growth of the state and power generation for the entire country.
Chief Minister Bahuguna said that on the assurance given by GAIL, gas-based power projects had been set up at Kashipur.
However, as GAIL was unable to supply gas, the projects were not yet started. He said that owing to a higher rate of gas in the international market, which is more than Rs 6 per unit, the state government was unable to purchase it. He urged the Union Minister to provide some alternative measures or chalk out a policy so that these gas projects, in which a large investment had been made, could be run to generate power

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