Telangana aims to generate 23,912 MW in 3 years
Finance Minister Eatela Rajender on Monday said that the State government was determined to achieve a generating capacity of 23,912 MW of power within the next three years. During his budget speech on Monday, Rajender said that power shortage was the major problem at the time of the formation of the state.
Hyderabad: Finance Minister Eatela Rajender on Monday said that the State government was determined to achieve a generating capacity of 23,912 MW of power within the next three years. During his budget speech on Monday, Rajender said that power shortage was the major problem at the time of the formation of the state. Power cut to households, agriculture and cuts in the working hours of factories was common because of the acute shortage of power, he said.
He alleged that the government of Andhra Pradesh denied the share of power in violation of the AP Reorganisation Act. “It took determined efforts of the government to address this problem and ensure uninterrupted power to the industry and agriculture within nine months of the formation of the state. There will never be any power cuts in future,” said Rajender.
“The government has made an unwavering commitment to provide nine hours of power supply to agriculture from the next Kharif season itself,” the Minister said. He said that the new power projects taken up in the state include Lower Jurala, Pulichintala, Bhadradri Thermal Power Station, Kothagudem Thermal Power Station and Yadadri Thermal Power Station with a combined generating capacity of 6,160 MW.
A Memorandum of Understanding was being signed with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited for the establishment of 6,000 MW capacity thermal power plants at various locations in Telangana on EPC basis. Since the formation of the state, 680 MW of power generation has been commissioned.
He said that apart from augmenting the generating capacity through conventional sources. The Telangana Solar Power Policy 2015 was recently announced with the main objective of harnessing the vast solar power potential in the state. Under the policy, solar parks are proposed to be developed with proper infrastructure facilities for developers.
The solar policy cell to be set up would undertake single window clearance for all solar power projects. The solar policy provides for 100 per cent refund of VAT on all inputs for a period of five years and 100 per cent refund of stamp duty for land purchased for setting up of solar plants. It has been targeted to add 5,000 MW of solar power generation by 2017-18.
“As a result of the steps taken by the government including purchase of power to tide over the immediate crisis, power cuts are a thing of the past,” said Rajender. A total financial closure amounting to Rs 91,500 crore has been achieved so far by TSGENCO, Singareni Collieries, NTPC and the solar power units.