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Updated: April 12, 2010 20:43 IST

Gujarat unable to provide power to Karnataka

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Gujarat Minister of State for Finance Saurabhbhai Patel addresses a press conference in Bangalore on Monday. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K
The Hindu Gujarat Minister of State for Finance Saurabhbhai Patel addresses a press conference in Bangalore on Monday. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K

Gujarat government is unable to provide power to Karnataka, in the wake of non-availability of power transmission arrangement between the two States, Gujarat Minister of State for Finance Saurabhbhai Patel said on Monday.

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had recently requested his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi for 250 MW on a short term basis, Mr. Patel told reporters here.

“Gujarat is a power surplus state. We are selling about 600 MW of power to other states. My State is ready to give power to Karnataka through Power Trading Corporation. But unfortunately we are unable to do so as transmission arrangement is not place,” he said.

Karnataka is reeling under acute power shortage and unscheduled load shedding for a couple of hours has become a routine in the State including in Bangalore, its IT hub.

The day temperature in Bangalore has crossed 37 degree celsius this summer and in parts of North Karnataka, it is around 42 to 43 degree celsius.

Mr. Patel said Gujarat has requested the Centre to put in place the transmission corridor so that surplus power can be supplied to States facing energy crisis at the upcoming meeting of state power ministers to be held in Delhi on April 28.

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