B.S. Satish Kumar
‘Thirty per cent of new power should come from renewable sources’
State told to devise roadmap for achieving self-sufficiency in power in the next five years
Karnataka must emulate Gujarat by providing round-the-clock power supply to villages
KUDATHINI (Bellary District): Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani on Monday advised Karnataka to enact a legislation on the lines of Germany for promoting the generation of clean and green energy (renewable energy resources like wind and solar) in a big way to prevent environmental pollution.
Inaugurating the Bellary Thermal Power Station’s first generating unit with a capacity of 500 MW, set up at a cost of Rs. 2,100 crore at Kudathini about 22 km from Bellary, Mr. Advani noted that some of the environmental-conscious countries like Germany had adopted legislations to ensure that a certain quantum of green power would be added to their grid.
Suggesting to Karnataka to set a target of adding about 25,000 MW of power to the State grid in the next five years from various energy sources, he said the State should ensure that a minimum of 30 per cent of the targeted addition comes from green power resources. He observed that there was a dire need to increase power generation in accordance with increased consumption. But, at the same time, care should be taken to ensure that the process of increasing power generation did not increase environmental pollution.
Hailing the efforts of the Bharatiya Janata Party Government in Karnataka to increase power generation, he said it should come out with a roadmap for achieving self-sufficiency in terms of power generation in the next five years. Mr. Advani also called upon Karnataka to emulate Gujarat, which had managed to provide round-the-clock power supply to villages through Jyotirgrama Yojana. He also hailed Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa for various development initiatives taken up by his Government. Responding positively to Mr. Advani’s advise, Chief Minister Yeddyurappa said he would soon convene a meeting of officials to discuss how to implement the same.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said his Government had embarked upon an ambitious plan for adding 10,000 MW of power by the end of the 12th Plan period. Of this, 5,000 MW of power would be added within the next four years. He said the second unit with a capacity of 500 MW would commence operation at the BTPS in 2010 while the third unit, with a capacity of 500 MW, would be commissioned in 2012, if the Centre gives the clearance.
Speaking on the occasion, Energy Minister K.S. Eshwarappa sought Mr. Advani’s intervention to convince the Centre about the need to sanction a 4,000-MW ultra mega power project for Bijapur district. At present, the Centre has agreed to clear only a 2,000 MW project in Bijapur district.
Principal Secretary to Energy Department K. Jairaj explained that the State Government was planning to evolve a new power grid in the State in the years to come, with thermal power generating stations in four different areas. This would generate about 1,500 MW of power in Raichur, 1,500 MW in Bellary, 1,320 MW in Gulbarga and 4,000 MW in Bijapur. The BTPS Unit-1, which is the biggest generating unit of the State, commenced commercial operations on July 28.
Surprisingly, the leaders of the Opposition in both the Houses of the State Legislature had not been invited to the function. But for an MLA and an MLC from the Congress, all the dignitaries were form the BJP. The office of Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly M. Mallikarjun Kharge told The Hindu that the Opposition leaders had not been invited to the function.