Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday laid foundation stones for two thermal power plants, one in Uttar Pradesh and the other in Bihar.
The two thermal power plants, in Khurja in UP’s Bulandshahar and at Buxar in Bihar, will have a power generating capacity of 1,320 MW each, Modi said, noting that modern power infrastructure was essential for industries and business.
“The plant in Buxar will cost around ₹10,000 crore while the one in Khurja approximately ₹12,000 crore. When both these plants are complete, both UP and Bihar will benefit. The plant in Khurja will also help Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan with power supply. The plant in Buxar will help the eastern region,” he said.
He also lambasted previous governments for ignoring the power sector especially the “old, tired” Congress party, saying its “chalta hai’ attitude had crippled the power sector.
NDA government is working across sectors keeping in mind the need of power supply in 21st century, he added.
“Previous governments had not accorded priority to power sector. Yesterday, in Kanpur, I witnessed how the power sector and energy requirement was ignored when work started on expansion of Panki power plant on Friday.
“You would be amazed to know that 40-50 year old machines were being used there. The machines were gasping, their condition was similar to the Congress. The result was that that the power being produced there was costing Rs 10 per unit,” he said.
“Today when we talk about producing power through solar energy at Rs 2 per unit, think who was benefiting by producing electricity at Rs 10 per unit. But chal raha tha… This attitude of previous governments had crippled country’s power sector,” he said.
He said since 1950 till 2014, in nearly 65 years, India got a power capacity of approximately 2.5 lakh MW and during his five years term the country has already achieved a capacity of more than 1 lakh MW.