Sena Favours DPC Revival To Fight Power Shortage

Mumbai, Aug 26 | Updated: Aug 27 2004, 05:30am hrs
Shiv Sena, which once opposed the controversial Dabhol Power Company (DPC), on Thursday indicated that it was not averse to buying power from the company to tide over the acute power shortage faced by the state. Leader of the opposition Narayan Rane, told Zee News that if the saffron combine comes to power, his party was in favour of reviving the project.

Sena had opposed the DF government for buying power from DPC at a higher rate. "As of now, it costs almost Rs 3.5 per unit for the state to generate power by any source, be it thermal, water or gas. Then whats wrong if we buy power from dabhol at lesser rate," Mr Rane pointed out.

According to the Sena leader looking at the power scenario it was essential to set up new generation units. But this would take at least five to seven years and the state cannot wait that long. "Since the Dabhol project already exists, it will not be improper to purchase power from this project," he noted.

Mr Rane held the DF government responsible for the power shortage in the state and said it had not made any move to reduce the gap between demand and supply.