Power self-sufficiency in 10 years, says Balan

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: Kerala will be self-sufficient in electricity in the next 10 years and efforts are under way to achieve this in a time-bound manner, Power Minister A.K. Balan has said.

The Minister was inaugurating a State-level electricity adalat for redressal of consumer grievances organised by the Kerala State Electricity Board at Rose Mount auditorium here on Sunday.

Mr. Balan said the State had chalked out schemes to generate 4,000 MW in the next 10 years.

He said the power sector in India as a whole was facing a serious crisis. However, the State government could make certain effective interventions to reduce its intensity, he added.

The Minister called for people’s cooperation to tide over the crisis by reducing power consumption. He stressed the need for popularising the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) with a view to saving power. He said the government had decided to supply one CFL to each Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe family in the State.

Mr. Balan said 500 MW would be generated through various hydel power schemes, including small and mini projects, in the next two years. “This is besides the projects to generate 300 MW wind energy,” he said.

The Minister said the government would set up a 2,200 MW power plant in Kasaragod and 2,200 acres attached to Plantation Corporation Kerala Limited had been acquired for the purpose.

He said that the State would get its share of 1,000 MW from the proposed 3,000 MW coal-based power plant in Orissa to be set up as a joint venture by Kerala, Gujarat and Orissa.

Adalats at sub-divisions

KSEB sources said 77 petitions came up before the adalat, of which 25 were settled.

The Minister said similar adalats would be organised by the KSEB at the 211 sub-divisions under the 23 electrical circles across the State.

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