It will not only help save power but also check theft and pilferage, says Minister for Energy
SHIMOGA: Minister for Energy K.S. Eshwarappa said here on Monday that with the implementation of the Nirantara Jyothi Scheme (continuous power supply) to meet the power needs of the non-agricultural sector in the rural areas, it would be possible not only to save power but also check theft and pilferage of power.
Mr. Eshwarappa told presspersons that the new scheme based on the one that is in vogue in Gujarat would be implemented in two phases.
He said that the first phase would be launched on January 14 by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at Hoskote near Bangalore covering rural areas in 70 taluks at a cost of Rs. 1,200 crore.
The second phase covering rural areas in 56 taluks would be launched at a cost of Rs. 920 crore in March.
He said that the scheme under these two phases would be implemented fully by the end of 2010.
He said that it would be possible to avoid misuse of power under the scheme as 928 feeders in the first phase and 687 in the second phase would be installed for the distribution of power.
He said that with the implementation of this scheme the schedule for power supply to irrigation ump sets would be redrawn ensuring adequate power supply to them.
Mr. Eshwarappa said that the pilot project of the scheme being implemented at Malur in Kolar district had been functioning satisfactorily.
He said that the scheme was being implemented out of the resources of the State Government without any Central assistance.
He said that nearly 20 per cent of power could be saved with the implementation of this scheme. He said that a meeting with the Chief Minister had been convened in Bangalore next week to take stock of the power position and to take steps to meet the existing demand.
Mr. Eshwarappa said that the power crisis was attributable to a “mismatch” between demand and supply of power.
He said that while the demand position was known, there was no certainty as far as the supply of power was concerned because of unsteady power production at thermal projects, renewable energy sources and the non-supply of power from the Central Grid fully as was allocated.
He said that while the daily demand of power was 130 million units, power available through all sources was only 118 million units.
He said that modernisation of the Raichur Thermal Power Project and the installation of the new units, implementation of the new thermal plant in Bijapur district in a joint venture with the National Thermal Power Corporation, launching of thermal power projects at Udupi and Bellary and enhancing the target of power generation through renewable energy sources were some of the steps contemplated to tackle power crisis.
He said that private parties were prepared to invest in power generation in the State but were dragging their feet in view of the opposition to new power projects from environmentalists.
He said, “I have great respect for environmental activists, including Medha Patkar and Sunderlal Bahuguna.
“But they should also appreciate the necessity of new power projects which have modern technologies and will not cause any harm to nature and environment.”
He said that the proposed Gundia Hydel Project in Hassan district would be taken up on the basis of the provisional permission given by the Union Government.
Mr. Eshwarappa said that preliminary preparations such as survey were going on. He said that the local people would be taken into confidence before implementing projects.