Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh and Orissa reached an understanding to share the power generated by the 120-MW capacity Machkhund hydro-electric station at 50:50 ratio, at a high level meeting here on Monday attended by the Energy Ministers of the two States Mohd Ali Shabbir and Suryanarayana Patro.

The Machkhund hydel station was constructed in 1955 under an inter-state agreement signed in 1945 by the then composite Madras State and Orissa. Although the agreement envisaged equal share to the two states from the power station, Orissa surrendered 20 per cent of its quota to Andhra Pradesh as there was no demand in Orissa for power that time. With industrialisation taking place, Orissa, however, sought its surrendered quota back. In light of the understanding, Orissa’s share now goes up to 50 per cent ( 60 MW).

Power supply hit

For a second time within the span of one week, APTransco was faced with power shortage on Monday following tripping of three thermal stations.

Two units of the NTPC”s thermal complex at Talcher from which the State gets a share of 220 MW, went out of order following technical snag. Another 500-MW capacity unit of the Rayalaseema Thermal Power Station stopped generation for similar reasons.