The ruling BJP in Maharashtra Thursday said the government will purchase power from Central grid as well as private companies to make up for the shortage which is to the tune of 3500 MW.
"The state is purchasing power from Central grid as well as from private power generation companies," Pathak said.
"I am ready to debate the issue of load-shedding with the NCP on any platform. When the NCP was in power (in alliance with the Congress), the load shedding used to be in force for 12-14 a day. We have brought down the duration significantly," he said.
When asked about the NCP's claim that the state government was not buying power from the Narmada hydro-electric power generation project under its quota, he said, "Though power is available there, its rates are higher than the ones offered by Central grid and private companies. Why should we buy power at a higher cost?"
Pathak said the NCP failed to bring electricity to the iconic Elephanta Caves island near Mumbai when in power, but the BJP government completed the task, which remained unfulfilled for the last 70 years, within four years of coming to power.
Pathak refuted the allegations that the government was selling generators of the Koradi vision (thermal) power generation plant.
"We followed the procedure mentioned in the tender and sold the old power generation sets, many of which were not functioning properly. The entire decision was taken on the directions of the Central government," he said.
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