‘Total cost of the unit, executed by BHEL, is Rs. 3,700 crore’

Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje has said that work on installation of boiler, coal-handling system, and cooling tower for the proposed third unit of the Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS) is progressing as per schedule.

In a written reply to a question by Allamprabhu Patil (Congress) in the Legislative Council, Ms. Karandlaje said the total cost of the unit, executed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., was Rs. 3,700 crore.

The Minister provided details of the initiatives of the government to increase power generation in the State.

She said that power production in the 500-MW second unit of the BTPS began on August 30.

The government had also given its letter of approval to BHEL to install the 2x800 thermal power plant at Yermarus, on the outskirts of Raichur city, at a cost of Rs. 6,300 crore.

The installation of boiler, coal-handling and ash-handling systems was in progress, she added.

The Minister said the State government had given the letter of intent to BHEL for installation of the Yedlapur Thermal Power Station with a design to generate 800 MW. The project is awaiting clearance from the Union Ministry of Forests and Environment. Soon after obtaining permission, the installation works would begin.

This apart, Ms. Karandlaje said the government was in the process of installing a 1,600 MW thermal power plant at Chhattisgarh, combined cycle power plants at Tadadi (2,100 MW) and Bidadi (700 MW), 2x200 MW hydel plant at Gundya, 345 MW hydel plant at Shivanasamudra, 10 MW plant at Munirabad and 20 MW hydel plant at Ghataprabha.

Besides, the State government proposed to tap renewable energy sources and produce 806 MW of power to overcome the power deficit in the State, she said.