Jharkhand blames DVC for power shortage
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 17:53
Ranchi: Facing opposition flak over frequent and long power cuts, Jharkhand government on Saturday blamed Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for power shortage in the state.

"Jharkhand has 33 per cent stake in DVC, but the state is not getting its due energy needs. The public sector should know that it is not obliging the state as it has legitimate right to get power from DVC," Deputy Chief Minister Raghuvar Das told a news conference here.

Das, who is also the energy minister, said he asked the DVC Chairman to provide a list of benefits the corporation had provided to the state in the past as per the DVC Act.

"I have asked DVC Chairman to give me a list with regard to providing jobs to the people of Jharkhand," he added.

Asked why the state government had not yet cleared the company's dues of Rs 2,300 crore, Das said that there was some dispute over the duties.

"We have agreed to pay Rs 100 crore. Rest money is disputed under DVC Act," he said.

He added the state was taking steps to procure 100 MW electricity for the last couple of months to meet the power demand in the state.


First Published: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 17:53

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