Power plants works launched
Express power line to Raichur andKoppal promised
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa laid the foundation stone for the Yeramaras and Yedlapur Supercritical Thermal Power project on Tuesday.
The site, which is located 6 kms from the Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS), will be home to two units of 800 MW each. The CM promised a dedicated express power line to Raichur and Koppal. He assured that the project would be completed in three years, and profits of selling power would be ploughed back into the district.
Energy Minister K S Eswarappa said the fly ash problem had been greatly reduced over the years with better technology and the new units would not be polluting the environment. He said, job preference would be given to Raichur district. According to the Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. MD S M Jaamdar, the local organisations’ complaint about pollution is totally unfounded. He said, fly ash is now being given to cement factories and local industries.
The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Samithi members staged a dharna at the Yeramaras site, to protest about the substandard quality of modernisation works on the Tungabhadra left bank canal.
Others complained that compensation has not been given to the farmers for their land acquired by the Industrial Development Board and the KPCL 20 years ago.
The Yeramaras and Yedlapur Power Project is a joint venture of the KPCL and the Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd. They have formed the Raichur Power Corporation Limited, which will install a 1600 MW (800x2)-plant in Yeramaras and an 800 MW-plant in Yedlapur.
About 900 acres of land has been given for the site and Rs 500 crore has been already allocated for the project, which has a final cost of Rs 13,000 crore.
The Supercritical Technology uses less fuel, water and land compared to other existing thermal plants.