Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Energy Minister Mohd. Ali Shabbir said the duration of power cuts in the State will be reduced in a week following resumption of generation by hydel power stations at Srisailam and improved supply of quality coal to thermal stations.

He said the Alamatti dam was receiving of 62,000 cusecs and its storage had reached 110 tmcft, against its full capacity of 129 tmcft. Release of water, therefore, is expected from Alamatti to the projects in Andhra Pradesh in two to three days. Power generation will be resumed at Srisailam immediately.

Imported coal

Mr. Shabbir told reporters after Chief Minister Y.S . Rajasekhara Reddy reviewed the power supply situation here on Friday that steps were being taken to supply dry coal to the Rayalaseema Thermal Power Station (RTPS) where a 420 MW capacity tripped following artificial coal shortage, and to Vijayawada where only 890 MW was operated out of the station’s full capacity of 1,260 MW.

He said 55,000 tonnes of imported coal would be made available to the RTPS from Saturday. Similarly, an equal quantity shipped to Chennai port from Mahanadi Coalfields would reach Vijayawada the same day.

CMD of Singareni Collieries S. Narsing Rao gave the assurance that his company would supply 30,000 tonnes of coal daily to the thermal stations in the State. The normal daily supply in August was 35,000 tonnes but it could not maintain this so far due to flooding of the opencast mines.

Answering questions, Mr. Shabbir said only 133 million units of power could be generated from all the power stations in the State on Thursday when the demand touched 185 mu. This shortfall was bridged by purchasing 33 mu from outside at a cost of Rs. 25 crore.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister directed AP Genco to build up stocks which would be sufficient for its thermal stations for 21 days.