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Aam Aadmi Party releases White Paper on Punjab’s Power Scenario [Full Video]

August 4, 2016 | By
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Chandgiarh: Aam Aadmi Party has maintained to unearth a series of scams in the power sector by the Badal –BJP government. The Aam Aadmi Party yesterday (Aug. 03) issued a “White Paper on Punjab Power Scenario”. AAP maintains that it’s White Paper exposes the real story behind the much hyped claim of making Punjab a “Power Surplus State” and details how massive irregularities have led to doubling of electricity rates in last nine years of this government.

Himmat Singh Shergill and Chandra Suta Dogra releasing AAP's White Paper on Punjab's Power Scenario

Himmat Singh Shergill and Chander Suta Dogra releasing AAP’s White Paper on Punjab’s Power Scenario

The paper released by AAP Spokesperson and Senior leader Chander Suta Dogra and Head legal wing, Himmat Singh Shergill. According to a press release by AAP the White Paper brings out annual loss of Rs 3745 crores, as a result of a special power generation policy for private power plants and faulty power purchase agreements (PPA) under which the government is not only paying huge sums to private thermal power plants (Talwandi Sabo, Rajpura and Goindwal Sahib) as fixed capacity charges, for sitting idle during low demand periods, but purchasing expensive power from them at other times.

“State owned thermal power plants that produce cheaper power are forced to produce less than half of their capacity. As against their capacity to generate more than 17000 Million Units annually, they will be generating only 7308 Million Units in 2016-17, so that state can buy more power from expensive private producers. This is a result of the government’s exaggerated projection of power shortage on the basis of which new projects were approved in the last few years. The surplus power capacity of 18000 Million Units in the private sector is a load of Rs 2500 crores, now borne by helpless consumers of Punjab. Faulty power purchase agreements give benefits to the private producers and no concessions to Punjab”, reads AAP statement.

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