No power sale to other States: Yeddyurappa

Karnataka Electricity Act, 2003 will be enforced to tackle power crisis

In an attempt to tide over power crisis in the State, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday said “Private power producers are selling power to other states. We plan to invoke the Karnataka Electricity Act, 2003, which states in its column 11 that power produced in the State should be sold to the State, and take action against them.”

The Chief Minister added that an official order will soon be issued in this regard.
The move is expected to provide 600 MW of additional power to the State, which can be purchased to ease the power crisis. “The Udupi unit will generate 600 MW in the first week of May and another 600 MW after six months. We plan to generate 5,000 MW in the remaining three years of our term,” Yeddyurappa said.

A testing time
Requesting the citizens of the State to conserve power, he said: “The next two months are going to be testing times. Apart from power crisis, we will also be faced with a shortage of water.” The Chief Minister informed that a meeting with the officials concerned has been called on April 5 to draw out a strategy to tackle water crisis.
Earlier during the day he made a similar statement regarding ban on selling of power in Dharmasthala.

He said a meeting of senior officials will be convened on April 5 to discuss the shortage of drinking water in the State.

Lauding the efforts of Dakshina Kannada DC for implementing Padasale project wherein income and caste certificate will be issued on the same day, he said this system will be extended to all other districts in the State.

He said that the price of milk price will be hiked from Monday. However, he did not specify the amount by which it would be hiked. Yeddyurappa said that the state has made commendable progress under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the state.
He said under NREGS in 2008-09, a sum of Rs 357 crore was utilised, while in 2009-10, a sum of Rs 2,350 crore was utilised. As a result, the Centre has released Rs 4,600 crore during 2010-11.
DH News Service

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