BELLARY: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa laid the foundation stone for the third unit (500 MW) of the Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS) at Kuditini village, around 25 km from here, on Wednesday.

The first unit (500 MW) of the plant is generating power to its full capacity. Work on the second unit is under way and it is expected to start generating power in November 2010. Work on the third unit, estimated to cost Rs. 2,678.64 crore, is expected to begin in December. — Staff Correspondent