TS to generate 24,000 MW power in three years
Aiming to achieve surplus power status by the end of 2018, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday instructed the Energy department to prepare time bound action plan including coal import and laying of new railway lines, wherever it required, to generate 24,000 MW of power in the next three years.
CM sets target of generation of 21,350 MW of thermal power and 2,659 MW of hydel power by 2018
Hyderabad: Aiming to achieve surplus power status by the end of 2018, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday instructed the Energy department to prepare time bound action plan including coal import and laying of new railway lines, wherever it required, to generate 24,000 MW of power in the next three years.
The Chief Minister held a high-level meeting with the officials of Energy department which was also attended by Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma, Energy Secretary Arvind Kumar, TSGENCO Chairman and Managing Director D Prabhakar Rao and others here. He put the target of 21,350 MW of thermal power generation and another 2659 MW of hydel power by 2018. At present, the power demand in Telangana was 6000 MW as against the generation of only 4500 MW. Directing the officials to give top priority to agriculture in the power supply and ensure required power supply in the ongoing Rabi season in the present power crisis, KCR said the government would purchase power from open market to meet the growing demand in the summer.
The Chief Minister enquired about the progress in the laying of electricity lines connecting Telangana and Chhattisgarh taken up by the Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCL). Since the neighbouring state came forward to supply more power, he instructed officials to enter into an MoU with Chhattisgarh to buy another 1000 MW of power. Telangana government earlier signed its first MoU with Chattaisgarh to buy 1000 MW last year.
Naming the new thermal project coming up at Manuguru in Khammam district after Bhadradri Thermal Power Station (BTPS), KCR explained to the officials the other new thermal projects taken up by TSGENCO with an installed capacity of 6000 MW and NTPC with 4000 MW capacity in the state.
Announcing that Rs 1000 crore would be allocated to TSGenco in 2015-16 budget, he cautioned the officials in the finalisation of tenders invited to set up solar thermal power stations in the wake of allegations of irregularities.
The officials informed the Chief Minister the status of the scrapping of the PPAs by the AP government and that the issue was pending before the Centre. The possibility of complaining against AP government to SRLDC (Southern Regional Load Despatch Centre) on non-supply of power from AP projects was also discussed in the meeting. The government wanted the SRLDC to stop connecting Krishnapatnam thermal power station to the grid until the PPA issue was resolved.