State will get more power in April

Speaking at a meeting to discuss power-related problems with farmers from Chamarajnagar, Eshwarappa said the additional power from the new coal-based thermal plant would give a fillip to the state’s ambitious programme –– Nirantara Jyoti –– of providing uninterrupted power supply for the benefit of non-agricultural activities in rural areas.

Nirantara Jyoti, scheduled to be launched on January 16, will cater to energy requirements of streetlighting, drinking water supply and small industries in rural areas, he said. Rural areas in 70 taluks will be covered under the first phase of the programme. Pilot project of the scheme is being implemented at Malur in Kolar district.

The second unit of UPP (600 MW) is likely to be commissioned early next year and will go a long way in easing power shortage in the State, he added.

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