Thermal power stations not viable now in AP: Kimida Kala Venkata Rao

THE HANS INDIA |   Apr 12,2017 , 12:33 AM IST




Srikakulam:  Energy minister, Kimida Kala Venkata Rao on Tuesday stated that Thermal Power Plants (TPP) are not viable in the state now as it has sufficient power due to an increase in generation by 25 percent. Speaking to The Hans India, the minister informed that keeping this augmented generation in view, the government has put on hold all the proposed TPPs.

Power generation has increased in the state during last two years with effective measures taken by the Chief Minister, Nara Chandrababu Naidu due to which we are able to provide 24 hours power to industries and domestic sectors and seven hours a day for agriculture,”  he pointed out and added that the government was planning to increase power supply to for agriculture to nine hours.

Referring to the proposed nuclear power plant (NPP) at Kovvada the minister clarified that decisions related to atomic power generation was vested with the Centre. “However, nuclear power is a necessity to cater to the requirements of the industry in the future.

” According to the minister there was no justification in apprehensions about nuclear power, since safety techniques have been developed.  He envisioned that the proposed nuclear power plant, airport at Bhogapuram, and sea port at Bhavanapadu, will give a boost to Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts.

“After execution of power generation through NPP our state alone will get Rs 22,000 crore every year as revenue. Production and distribution losses will be reduced to 9.5 percent and default in bill payments will also come down to 4.3 percent,” the minister pointed out.

Referring to the sugar factory at Amudalavalasa, the minister expressed doubts about its revival by the government as it is under non-priority sector. The state government is however inviting private investors to take it up by offering relaxations, he added. 

To a question about river linkage, the minister replied that the government will hold a meeting with engineering and technical experts shortly to study viability to link Champavathi, Vegavathi, Suvarnamukhi, Nagavali, Vamsadhara and Bahuda rivers in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts.