Power relief up to 300 units under govt study

Power relief up to 300  units under govt study
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Hyderabad: Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy said that the government was considering a proposal to...

narHyderabad: Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy said that the government was considering a proposal to exempt those who consume up to 300 units power from power tariff hike.A Addressing mediapersons after the Cabinet sub-committee meeting on power crisis on Monday, Anam said that the government asked Transco officials to study the proposal and soon submit a report on it. The government received appeals from various sections in this regard, he informed.

He said that the government was mulling over the idea to apply the old power tariff structure for the first 200 units consumed by the consumers who come under 300 unit category. As per the new tariff structure, if a consumer consumes 201 units, he would be charged as per the new rates prescribed by the APERC for entire 201 units. Only those who consumed up to 200 units power were exempted from the tariff hike.

Referring to solar energy, he said that the government called for bids to produce 1000 MW of solar power in the limits of four Discoms. The government received 331 bids for a capacity of 1730 MW. He informed that efforts were on to fix the price of solar energy to purchase from private parties. Few states were paying Rs 6 to Rs 8 per unit of solar power, he added. Referring to the ongoing power crisis, he said that it was because of the non availability of hydel power due to bad rainfall, reduction in gas supply and lack of power supply from the central grid.

About Rs 1000 crore worth rectified liquid natural gas was being purchased. Power generated from this source costs Rs 12.30 per unit.A On mini hydel power units, he said that the government received 339 applications. It also received detailed project reports from 145 companies.

The officials were asked to hand over the projects to 145 companies with a capacity of producing 150 MW, he informed and added that the government decided to call tenders to the remaining 194 proposed mini hydel projects. Anam said that the government made another appeal to the Union government for supply of more natural gas to the State.

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