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It will cost Rs. 8.50 a unit, says Acharya

Udupi: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said here on Tuesday that the State Government had decided to purchase 200 MW of power from the Tanir Bavi project starting from November 16.

Dr. Acharya told presspersons that the Tanir Bavi Project was supplying power to Rajasthan. But this would come to an end on November 15. The State Government would purchase power from the project at a cost of Rs. 8.50 per unit.

Though the Central Power Grid should be supplying 1,543 MW of power to the State, it was supplying only 1,000 MW of power. “The State Government has to produce an additional 11,000 MW of power by 2013,” he said.

An ultra mega power project of 4,000 MW would come up at Kudgi in Bijapur district. The State was in touch with the Union Minister of State for Commerce, Industry and Power Jairam Ramesh on the Kudgi power project, the Minister said.

Naxalism

Dr. Acharya said that the State Government would take action against naxalities. But if they were in interested in holding a dialogue, the Government was ready for it. The amended Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act would come into effect shortly. “There should be constant exchange of information among the States and between the Union Government and the States to curb terrorist activities,” he said.

He said that the repair of all roads in the district would be completed by the end of January 2009. An amount of Rs. 2 crore had been released for the repair of the stretch of National Highway 17 from Udyavar to Shiroor in Udupi district. Work on the stretch of National Highway 17 from Udyavar to Mulki and National Highway 13 would be taken up shortly.

Keeping in mind the safety of passengers, it had been decided not to abolish the private bus service in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. “Government bus service would be introduced in addition to the existing private bus service keeping in mind the interests of the passengers,” he said.

Drinking water

Dr. Acharya said that the Udupi Zilla Panchyat had Rs. 14 crore with it to solve the drinking water problem in Udupi district.

MLAs Raghupati Bhat and K. Lakhsminarayana were present.

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