Steps afoot to improve power supply in State, says the Minister
Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao on Wednesday said that the government was giving a lot of importance for the solar energy to overcome the power crisis in the State. He said that it was the right time to depend on solar power since the supply from thermal and hydel projects was not sufficient to meet the growing demand of power.
The Minister participated in several developmental activities in Srikakulam mandal. He laid the foundation stone for construction of CC roads at RTC Colony and Vakalavalasa. Later, he inaugurated a school building in Gudem village.
Mr. Prasada Rao said the State was witnessing rapid progress but it was not able to meet the growing demand. However, he hoped that there would be no power cuts there by the end of the year with a series of steps being taken by the Kiran Kumar Reddy’s government to improve power supply in the State.
“Solar energy will be cheap in the long run though the equipment’s cost is more initially. Thermal power becomes costly since each unit costs more than Rs. 3 with the non-availability of coal at affordable price,” Mr. Prasada Rao added. He said that several developmental activities were taken up in Srikakulam town and surrounding areas in the last nine years. Several locals poured out their grievances to the Minister during the tour in the mandal. MLC Peerukatla Viswaprasad, Srikakulam Revenue Divisional Officer G. Ganesh Kumar and others participated in the programmes.