Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties targeted Odisha government in Assembly today over unscheduled power cuts in several parts of the State even during the winter season.

State Energy Minister Prafulla Mallick found himself in the eye of the storm as legislators of both Congress and BJP raised the issue of unscheduled power cuts in the Assembly.

As per allegations, people of Jeypore in Koraput are facing problems due to unscheduled power cuts for nearly two hours every day. Similarly in Bolangir villages, people are too grappling with power cuts for the past one week as electricity connection that was earlier snapped is yet to be restored.

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Alleging failure on part of the Odisha government to develop the power sector in the last 17 years; Congress legislators rushed to the well of the house and created ruckus.

The Energy Minister on the other hand attributed the power cuts to shortage of coal and other maintenance works.

At present, 2,950 MW of electricity is required on a daily basis while the requirement is 3,900 MW during the peak hours.

"Government has no data on how much power is generated and how much is the requirement for which rural parts of Odisha have plunged into darkness," said Opposition chief whip, Tara Prasad Bahinipati.