Government to set up 2,000 MW power plant in Chhattisgarh
Power deficit in State estimated at 11 per cent
Work on ongoing projects to be expedited
BANGALORE: The Government has set a target to generate 5,000 MW of additional power in five years, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said.
He was speaking at the 39th Foundation Day programme of Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) here on Sunday.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said the State was facing power owing to lack of political will of the previous governments to increase production.
Of the 8,300 MW of power generated in the State, KPCL’s share was 5,500 MW, while private producers contributed 2,800 MW, he said.
The Government had decided to set up a 2,000 MW power plant in Chhattisgarh and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be signed between Karnataka and Chhattisgarh governments on July 24, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.
The Chief Minister held a meeting with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh in Bangalore on Saturday and discussed the plan to set up the plant.
The Government would not allow the power crisis to continue in the State. Work on all ongoing projects would be expedited, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.
The State, which was self-reliant in the power sector in the 1970s, had been facing severe shortage on account of various factors, including increase in demand from the industry and farm sectors. The power deficit had been estimated at 11 per cent, he said.
The Chief Minister , said he had performed a “puja” at Tirumala temple on Thursday to for the welfare of the State. Monsoon had been inactive so far, but the State would start receiving normal rainfall in a couple of days. There was no need for farmers to panic, he said.
Minister for Power K.S. Eshwarappa said the first unit of the Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS) would be commissioned shortly and it would add 500 MW to the State’s grid. In the wake of opposition to setting up plants at Chamalapura (1,000 MW) and Tadadi (4,000 MW), he said there was a need to convince the people about the necessity of these plants.
Stating that efforts would be made to establish thermal power plants at Udupi and at Jewargi in Gulbarga district, Mr. Eshwarappa said the State had to achieve self-sufficiency in power in five years.
KPCL Managing Director S.M. Jamdar said that KPCL had been unable to increase power generation on account of too many employees and inefficiency in the system. KPCL had added only 5,500 MW of power in the past five decades and it was now targeting to generate 5,000 MW in the next five years. Most of the power plants managed by KPCL were not functioning effectively as compared to those in the private sector, he said.
Energy Department Principal Secretary K. Jairaj said that KPCL was established in 1970, and it had achieved many milestones in the past few decades.
The Chief Minister also released a souvenir “Shaktivahini” and felicitated employees’ children who have scored highest marks in Secondary School Leaving Certificate and pre-university course examinations.