Private power costing Rs 7 per unit: KPCL MD

Karnataka to achieve self-sufficiency over next four years, says Jaamdar

 
The State produces 130 mu of power as against the daily demand of 150 mu.
The shortage is being met with the purchase from private producers. The power purchased at Rs 7 per unit is being supplied to public at Rs 2.50 per unit, Jaamdar said here on Saturday.

He was speaking to presspersons after inspecting the power generation unit in Almatti.

Projects in pace

Predicting that Karnataka would achieve self-sufficiency in power over the next four years, Jaamdar said the work on 1,600 MW unit each in Yermaras and Chhattisgarh, 800 MW unit in Yedlapur, and the 700 MW from the third unit of Bellary plant have been progressing in pace.

The construction of second unit of 500 MW plant in Bellary is nearing completion and the generating capacity has been increased to 700 MW. Apart from this, the work on 1,400 MW gas-based plant in Bidadi will also begin soon.

All the projects, expected to be completed in a span of four years, would generate additional 6,100 MW of power. Steps are also being taken to augment the generation capacity operational units also.

The State may not face power shortage for about 20 years with all the projects being operational, Jaamdar said. 

He revealed that the Almatti unit has generated 530 mu of power in 2009-10.

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