ANDHRA PRADESH

‘No more pit-head thermal stations in Ramagundam'

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Major Irrigation Minister P. Lakshmaiah has ruled out the possibility of setting up of any more pit-head thermal power stations in Ramagundam area of Karimnagar district as the prospects of getting additional coal from the mines there, were not so bright.

Replying to a question by S. Satyanarayana (Independent) in the Assembly on Friday, Mr. Lakshmaiah, said the coal available for extraction in the area was already exploited fully, with nearly 15 million tonnes being supplied annually to support the 2,650-MW capacity NTPC's thermal power station and the 62-MW plant of the AP Genco, both at Ramagundam.

Besides, another 3.88 million tonnes was being supplied to Rayalaseema Thermal Power Station (840 MW).

As such, there was no scope of setting up any other pit-head station in Ramagundam area except the 625 MW station proposed by M/s BPL. The Vijayawada Thermal Power Station, however, was getting goal from Mahanadi Coalfields in Orissa.

Roads & Buildings Minister G. Aruna told K. Srinivasulu (Congress) that a four-lane 38-km bypass road would be conducted between Raghava Rajapuram and Mysooravari Palli Soap Factory at a cost of Rs 40 crore, in Railway Kodur area of Kadapa district, as part of the Renigunta-Kadapa road project. This, however, would be implemented through PPP mode.