SHIMOGA: Minister for Energy K.S. Eshwarappa said here on Tuesday that the Government had to take corrective steps against the mistakes committed by the previous Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) governments on the power front.
Talking to presspersons, he appealed to the people to bear with the Government, which was doing its best to improve the power situation. “Give us time till December when the power situation is certain to improve,” he said. He attributed the present power crisis to the inept handling of the power situation by the previous government. “But our Government does not like to absolve itself of the responsibility. It has been taking several steps to tide over the situation,” he said.
Referring to the stand taken by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on the proposed Hogenakkal project, he said that it was not fair as it was intended to gain political advantage.
He said that Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should join hands for the amicable settlement of the inter-State water dispute. Mr. Eshwarappa said that the thermal power project proposed to be set up at Kudigi in Bijapur district would generate 4000 MW of power, of which 1000 MW would be diverted to the Central Power Grid.
He said that the Government intended to establish another thermal power project on its own, which was likely to come up at Mannur in Bijarpur district. This would be expected to generate 2000 MW of power.
He said while the State had been producing 8500 MW of power for the last 60 years, it would be able to add 6000 MW to the power grid when all the proposed power projects become functional.