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State is hopeful of producing 1,250 MW more power this year

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Resource: Energy Minister K.S. Eshwarappa unveiling the plaque to mark the inauguration of the new double-circuit line between Kemar and Yellur in Udupi on Tuesday.
Resource: Energy Minister K.S. Eshwarappa unveiling the plaque to mark the inauguration of the new double-circuit line between Kemar and Yellur in Udupi on Tuesday.

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Eshwarappa inaugurates 22-kV double-circuit line between Kemar and Yellur

The 22.7-km-long power line between Kemar and Yellur has cost Rs. 33.21 crore

‘Government had to purchase Rs. 3,000-crore-worth electricity last year’

Kemar (Udupi Dist.): Energy Minister K.S. Eshwarappa said on Tuesday that the Government was planning to make 1,000 MW to 1,250 MW additional power available in the State this year.

He was speaking after inaugurating the 22-kV double-circuit line between Kemar and the Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) at Yellur, at the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation’s substation here.

This 22.7-km-long double-circuit line has been laid at a cost of Rs. 33.21 crore. The laying of the line began on February 9 and was completed on September 17. It was aimed at providing start-up power to UPCL’s thermal power plant at Yellur.

Mr. Eshwarappa said that there was a demand for 10,500 MW power in the State against about 7,000 MW generated. Last year, the Government had to purchase Rs. 3,000-crore worth power from other States to meet the shortfall.

An ultra-mega thermal power plant would be set up at Kudgi in Bijapur district by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). Although a 4,000-MW ultra-mega coal-based thermal power plant was proposed to be set up at Tadadi in Uttara Kannada district, the Government had to change its plans owing to opposition from environmentalists. It had now decided to set up three units of 700 MW each by Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. at a cost of Rs. 4,000 crore, he said.

Another thermal power plant would come up at Jewargi in Gulbarga district. The Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Chhattisgarh for supply of 2,000 MW power from there.

All these steps had been taken to ensure that there should be no power shortage in the State in the next three years.

The successful commissioning of all the proposed power projects would meet the power requirements of the State for the next 10 years, the Minister said.

The shortage of transformers, poles, and power lines in rural areas would soon be addressed. Special squads, formed to check power theft, had imposed penalties of Rs. 100 crore on the culprits last year.

“Although it is difficult at present to provide 24-hour power supply throughout the State, steps will be taken to achieve this goal in the next three to four years,” he said.

‘No shortage’

The State might not face power shortage this year because of good rain. The Government was hoping that the coal-based thermal power plant of UPCL at Yellur would be able to produce 500 MW of power by March-end of 2010, Mr. Eshwarappa said.

MLA Gopal Bhandary presided over the function.

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