‘Modi hai, mumkin hai’: Chidambaram jeers Centre over power outages

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Palaniappan Chidambaram

NEW DELHI : As a heatwave continued, the country’s peak power demand touched an all-time high of 207.11 GW on Friday and the railways cancelled 42 passenger trains to facilitate coal freight movement, with South East Central Railway (SECR) division that covers the coal-producing regions cancelling 34 trains, reports PTI.

Taking a swipe at the Centre over the issue of widespread power outages, Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said the government has found the “perfect solution” to it – which is to cancel passenger trains and run coal rakes.

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Attacking the government Mr Chidambaram sarcastically said, “Abundant coal, large rail network, unutilised capacity in thermal plants. Yet, there is acute power shortage. Modi Government cannot be blamed. It is because of 60 years of Congress rule!”

“There is no incompetence in the Ministries of Coal, Railway or Power. The blame lies with past Congress ministers of the said departments!” he said.

“Government has found the perfect solution: cancel passenger trains and run coal rakes! Modi hai, mumkin hai,” the former Union minister said in a series of tweets.

It is to be noted that Aam Aadmi Party and Congress leaders held the Centre responsible for the ongoing power crisis and alleged that logistical support was not being provided for coal distribution to power plants.— IANS

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