Lucknow, Jan. 19 -- In the poll bound UP, the Rashtriya Lok Dal raked up the Lalitpur power plant issue by demanding a CBI inquiry into it while putting the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party in the dock.
While accusing the state government of having its hands painted in corruption, Team RLD national convener Anupam Mishra said the capital cost of the Bajaj Group-constructed Lalitpur power plant was increased by about Rs 4,662 crore and no one was questioned for increasing the cost which was higher than the previous one.
"In 2015, the 1,980 megawatt capacity power plant was billed at Rs 11,848 crore (capital cost) which was increased to Rs 17,295 crore and now the cost has been billed at Rs 18,575 crore. The power corporation also turned a blind eye towards the anomaly," he said.
Mishra said in Maharashtra the cost of construction of one megawatt NTPC-made power plant was only Rs 5.25 crore. "In view of this rate, how can the cost of construction of Lalitpur power plant be Rs 18575 crore? It was surely and purely due to the corruption. This is a plundering of public money," he said.
He said the RLD demanded a CBI inquiry into the issue so that the people knew the truth behind this and the culprits were punished.
"It is very necessary as it will expose those who were involved in corruption and now are claiming themselves as honest," he said.
By raising the issue, the RLD is aiming to upset the apple cart of the ruling BJP in the area where the latter hopes to fare well in the election.
"The BJP has kept focusing on Bundelkhand region which covers Chitrakoot, Banda, Jhansi, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Mahoba and Lalitpur districts. The RLD has raised the issue to flay the BJP for the alleged anomaly in the fixing of the capital cost and making the latter defensive on its poll plank of zero tolerance towards corruption," the RLD leader said. Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from Pioneer. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at email@example.com