LUCKNOW: Thanks to the tardy pace and poor execution of work, two ambitious power projects, which could have diffused the critical power crisis in Uttar Pradesh to a considerable extent this summers, may not come up on time after all.

LUCKNOW: If frequent power cuts are taking a toll on your blood pressure and cursing the power department yields no results, here's a more practical solution. And a simple one at that. Go solar. Opting for electrification through solar energy will not only ensure you sleep well, but it will also allow you to `switch off' the problem of interrupted power supply.

LUCKNOW: Taking a new electricity connection may get cheaper if UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) had its way. The commission has set up a study group to assess if the system loading charges can be waived. The decision comes close on the heels of a recent electricity tribunal observation that the charges are part of the overall tariff which a consumer pays.

LUCKNOW: In a major decision to improve power scenario in the state, the state government has cleared two new power projects of around 2,450 mw and also approved refurbishment and upgradation of the ongoing Parichha Thermal Power Project consisting of two units of 210 mw each.

This was decided at a cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Mayawati here on Tuesday.

LUCKNOW: Power-starved Uttar Pradesh was staring at a serious crisis after the fourth unit of 500 mw capacity in Anpara-B tripped late on Friday night. The unit, in fact, had to be shut down following sudden heavy leakage from an economiser in the boiler. The snag was expected to be rectified only by Sunday evening.

LUCKNOW: The Dussehri belt of Malihabad was in the grip of a power cut that stretched for over 28 hours. The power cut, which occurred due to a "serious fault" in the grid supply to Malihabad, occurred at 12.00pm on Thursday.

LUCKNOW: Hitting out at the Mayawati government for miserably failing in managing the power sector and rampant corruption plaguing the UP Power Corporation Ltd, chairperson of UPCC media cell Vivek Singh said that he has shot off a letter to the Centre requesting it to withhold further aid to the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Project till a Central agency carried out verification of its prope

LUCKNOW: Get ready to shell out 50 paise more for every unit of electricity you consume. The UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) on Thursday announced the hike in power tariff for various categories of consumers. The new tariff would come into force seven days after the state government declares it through a public notice.

LUCKNOW: Petrol and diesel will get dearer for people in Lucknow, Kanpur and Agra from April 1, 2010. While petrol will cost 50 to 53 paise more per litre, diesel will be costlier by 27 to 30 paise more.

LUCKNOW: Managing director, Madhyanchal Electricity Distribution Company, Parthsarthy Sen Sharma has directed the officials of the distribution company to initiate adequate measures in solving the problem of overdrawal in the forthcoming summers.