Plans being drawn up to bring down distribution losses
Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje on Thursday said that the Government had initiated steps to ensure quality power supply in both urban and rural areas. Plans were being drawn up to bring down transmission and distribution losses, and prevent power theft, she said.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for a 110/11-kV power substation at Shakthinagar near Raichur, she said that the Government had sanctioned Rs.77.5 crore for installing nine substations at different locations in Raichur district, mainly to resolve the power supply problems in rural areas.
A proposal to upgrade the existing power lines between Sindhanur and Hutti at an estimated cost of Rs. 9 crore had been approved.
The tender for the 110/11-kV power substation had been finalised and allocations made to successful bidders. The officials and contractors concerned should work in coordination and complete the project at the earliest, she said.
Conceding that the State was facing a severe power crisis, the Minister said that the State was unable to fill the present gap between power supply and demand owing to inadequate generation capacity. This situation had forced the Government to purchase about 1,000 MW of power daily from neighbouring States.
The BJP government was planning steps to resolve the power crisis. Apart from implementing several thermal power projects, it proposed to implement mini-hydel schemes, wherever possible, with private participation. The Government was prepared to provide all help to the private parties coming forward to take up mini-hydel schemes.
Syed Yasin, who was the chief guest, and Raja Rayappa Naik, both MLAS, spoke. They appealed to the Government to establish additional power substations in rural areas and stop power cuts during the night in rural areas.
MLA Hampaiah Naik and vice-president of the Raichur Zilla Panchayat Dodda Basawaraj were present.