In move that comes apparently in the wake of fast approaching
Lok Sabha elections, the UP government has decided to provide 24 hours power
supply to the otherwise backward district of Hamirpur in the Bundelkhand region.
The state has already been wheeling out 24 hours uninterrupted power supply to
some VIP districts which are constituencies of either SP or Congress leaders.
This is the first time a district in Bundelkhand would be
getting the major sop since the Samajwadi Party stormed to power in UP last
year. But the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) officials deny it has
anything to do with politics. Sources said the district administration has been
requesting the corporation to provide 24 hours power supply to the district to
facilitate sowing of Rabi crop. "The district has a specific geography that
allows only Rabi crop. All other districts in Bundelkhand have one advantage or
the other,'' said managing director, UPPCL, AP Mishra, while confirming that the
district would be provided 24 hours of power supply. "We have issued order for
the same," he said.
Accordingly, the two high power substation of 132 KV-one in
Rath, the other in Bharwa Samerpur-would wheel out 24 hours power supply. The
feeders attached to these sub-stations would then be provided power supply
simultaneously making for 24 hours of power supply. "We have ensured that no
feeder gets overloaded because of the power supply. For this, we would be
channelising power into the feeders accordingly," Mishra said. The order, the MD
said, has been issued till January 31. "It may be extended further if need
arises," he said.
Interestingly, the Samajwadi Party has no presence in
Hamirpur comprising two assembly constituencies, Hamirpur and Rath. In 2012
assembly elections, Hamirpur seat was won by BJP's Sadhvi Naranjan Jyoti, while
the Rath seat went to Congress's Ghanshyam Anuragi. Not suprisingly, the
Samajwadi Party would certainly like to take some advantage by showcasing itself
as a pro-farmer party even as it doles out 24 hours power to the district. The
Samajwadi Party, soon after it came to power in 2012, ensured the sop to some of
the VIP districts.
Courtesy : The Times of India