Karnataka seeks more coal from Centre

The Karnataka government on Thursday requested the Centre to supply sufficient coal to its thermal power plants located in Ballari and Raichur, which have been facing a severe shortage in the recent days.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who met Union Power Minister R K Singh here, said that due to short supply of dry fuel, Raichur Thermal Power Station has one-day stock to generate power while Bellary Thermal Power Station has the stock of less than a day. Unless the Centre takes immediate steps to augment the supply, the generation of electricity will be hit severely, he said.

Karnataka requires 80.79 lakh tonnes of coal for the period from October 2017 to March 2018 for these two power stations. The Centre must ensure that demand should be met without fail, the chief minister said in his memorandum.

Siddaramaiah also requested the minister to extend a financial assistance of Rs 5,400 crore to Karnataka for establishing 2,000 MW power projects. Besides, he urged the minister to simplify the procedure for environmental clearance permits for building thermal power plants.

In the meeting, the chief minister also brought to the Union minister’s notice the increase in transmission charges payable to Power Grid Corporation India Limited (PGCIL) by Karnataka following the amendment to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission Regulations, 2010, which came into force on May 1, 2015.

After the amendment, Karnataka has been paying high transmission charges, which were Rs 237.19 crore in August 2017. This was around 38.11% of the total transmission charges of southern region. Like Karnataka, several states have been paying high transmission charges and these anomalies should be addressed, he said.

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