U`khand seeks additional 350 MW power from Central quota

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank on Thursday requested an additional 350 MW power from the central quota to the hill state in view of the commencement of `char dham` yatra next month.

Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 17:58 PM IST

Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh
Pokhariyal Nishank on Thursday requested an additional 350 MW power from the central quota to the hill state in view of the
commencement of `char dham` yatra next month.

After witnessing a huge rush of pilgrims during the
Mahakumbh mela, the state government is now expecting a large
number of devotees to undertake the `char dham` pilgrimage to
Garhwal Himalayas from here and at least 350 MW power is
required for ensuring uninterrupted power supply during the
period, said an official release quoting Nishank.

The Chief Minister said he had already talked to the
Prime Minister as well as Union Power Minister over the issue.

The annual pilgrimage to char dham including Badrinath,
Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Garwhal Himalayas will
commence from May 15.

Nishank noted that power crisis is a problem affecting
the entire nation and that Uttarakhand is in fact in a better
situation as compared to some other states.

However, he said power generation has been affected by
decreased water level in rivers as a result of less rainfall.
Moreover, the demand for electricity has also increased due to
setting up of new industrial units.

The Chief Minister said the government is trying to
provide regular power supply to the people and is buying
electricity worth Rs 400 crore from outside.

PTI