Action plan on anvil for power supply in summer

Action plan on anvil for power supply in summer

Speaking to reporters after a review meeting in Bangalore on Tuesday, Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje said the action plan involves going in for a long-term power purchase agreement with power-surplus states like Chhattisgarh, minimal utilisation of hydel power generation during non-peak period and tie-ups with co-generation units.

The minister said the present hydel reserve was sufficient for generating 40 million units per day between February and May. At present, generation from hydel power stations had been reduced to 15 mu per day and would be enhanced to 40 mu per day during summer.

At least, six hours of three-phase power supply will be maintained in rural areas, she said. The government is also contemplating entering into an agreement with Chhattisgarh for power purchase at Rs 4.6 per unit with a long-term commitment, she said. The peak demand for power next year is likely to touch 150 mu.

Karandlaje said she would call on Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh in New Delhi on December 10 to seek environmental clearance for drawing high-tension wire and construction of towers between Karkala and Hassan for the second phase of 600 MW Udupi Power Corporation Limited project.

She said a second unit of the State-run Karnataka Vidyuth Karkane (Kavika) will be opened in one of the districts of North Karnataka next year. The main unit of Kavika in Bangalore manufactures and repairs transformers.

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