Problems in power sector: KPCL MD

Addressing delegates at the launch of a book ‘India’s Energy Sector’, Jamdaar, presented a grim picture of the energy situation in the State. “The power sector is in a great crisis. The co-ordinated effort between various agencies is conspicuously poor,” he said.

Lamenting the deficiencies in coal supply and energy generation mechanism, Jamdaar said that Planning Commission targets cannot be met if domestic coal supply continues to poor. He was also critical of the hypocrisy of environmental lobbies who on the one hand opposed power projects but continued to be irresponsible when it came to consumption of
power.

Further, Jamdaar expressed his displeasure on the pricing mechanisms within the energy supply chain and called it “frustrating”. He added that of the 36 MoUs with private corporations that the state had signed over the past 19 years, only one had materialised and urged the private sector to invest in the state.

Meanwhile, energy trading expert and IIMB Professor, V Ranganathan too echoed similar sentiments. He too was critical of the environment lobbies and the lack of co-ordination between government agencies. Professor Ranganathan opined that environmental concerns at a time when the demand for energy is co-related to development was not an affordable proposition.

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