It is the non-BJP states like West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka that largely benefited from the surplus power sold by Gujarat between February 2014 and January 2015.
During the 12-month period, Gujarat sold 164 million units of which West Bengal was the biggest beneficiary, stated the state government in a written reply to a question posed by CK Raulji during the Question Hour in the Gujarat Assembly on Friday. The TMC-ruled state received 49.84 million units during the months of February, March and June 2014, at a cost that ranged between Rs 3.06 and Rs 4.83 per unit.
The second biggest beneficiary was Uttar Pradesh who got 45.73 million units at the rate of Rs 3.03 per unit. The other beneficiaries included
Congress-ruled Assam and Karnataka which received 31.27 and 26.1 million units of power. Assam received the power at the cost of Rs 3.04 per unit, while Karnataka received the power at Rs 4.50 per unit.
Gujarat’s neighbour Maharashtra also benefited with the state giving 11.88 million units at the rate ranging between Rs 0.67 to Rs 4.59 per unit. During the same period a year ago (Feb 2013- Jan 2014), Gujarat had sold over 2020 million units of surplus power to Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. This surplus power is sold to other states mostly during monsoon, festivals and night-time when the demand for power is low in the state.
Gujarat currently has power generation capacity of 23627 MW of which 19,212 MW comes from conventional sources, while 4416 MW comes from non-conventional sources. The state has targetted to add 1616 MW of power in the next two years (i.e by 2015-16), which will take the state’s power generation capacity to over 25000 MW.