DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was criticized by former CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Wednesday for his government’s failure to obtain 25% power share for Uttarakhand, generated by the 1000mw Tehri hydel project.
“Bahuguna’s failure on this count has worsened the state’s power situation which is already grappling with a severe deficit,” said Pokhriyal.
The Tehri hydel project is owned by Tehri Hydropower Development Corporation (THDC) and is a joint venture of Uttar Pradesh and the Central government. “Bahuguna has been unable to do it despite a Congress-led government at the Centre,” said Pokhriyal.
In June, Pokriyal met Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and demanded that Uttar Pradesh’s equity be transferred to Uttrakhand as the Tehri project was located in the state. UP is a 25% shareholder in the Tehri project while the Centre has a share of 75%. Uttarakhand currently gets 12-13% of power generated at Tehri.
Pokhriyal also denied that two of the state-government-owned hydel projects including the 320mw Pala Maneri and 380mw Bhairav Ghati power projects were scrapped by the UPA Government on the BJP’s recommendation in 2010. “These projects, shut down to conserve Ganga and Bhagirathi, were done at the behest of former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh,” said Pokhriyal.
He said UPA Government took these steps as it was biased against the state government.