Lack of supply line dashes hopes on Gujarat power

The BJP-ruled Gujarat had offered to Karnataka, also ruled by the same party 250 MW of power, but the latter is unable to encash the offer for the lack of a line to convey electricity from the western State.

“We are ready to sell 250 mega watts of power from tomorrow itself,  but there is no corridor for transmitting it from the western grid to the southern grid,” Gujarat minister of State for Energy Saurabhbhai Patel told reporters on Monday.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had recently sought help from his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi to deal with the power crisis in Karnataka. Modi, it was said, had readily agreed to sell 250 MW.

The Karnataka Government had been making efforts to arrange for a corridor to get the power from Gujarat. It had requested both Tamil Nadu and Maharastra to allow it to use their corridors for this purpose. However, both the neighbouring States refused as they are also facing severe power shortage, official sources said.

Centre to be blamed

Sourabhbhai Patel blamed the Centre for the infrastructure constraint. “An energy surplus State has not been able to help those having deficit within the country. The Centre should have taken steps to increase the capacity of the grid in the country,” he stated.

The Centre has convened a meeting of Energy Ministers of all States on April 28 to discuss about the problem of power shortage in the country. “Our (Gujarat) Government will take up this issue with the Centre during the meeting. I am sure Karnataka Government has already taken it up with the Centre,” he Patel said. Additional Chief Secretary, Energy, K Jairaj said the State Government has hopes to find a corridor soon to get power from Gujarat.

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