Karnataka to Purchase power from Orissa
By Akhand in Bhubaneswar:
The Karnataka Government is set to enter into a long-term understanding with the Government of Orissa to purchase power for fullfillment of states power requirement.
Chief Minister of Karnataka B.S. Yeddyurappa had also requested to a Chhattisgarh Chief Minister for supply of 500 MW of power. The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister had promised that around 200 MW of electricity would be straightway made over to Karnataka from the coming week.
Meanwhile, Karnataka had also sought an additional 290 MW of electricity from the unallocated power in the Central grid to the State following a severe shortage, they said.
Mr. Yeddyurappa exuded confidence that the State would shortly come out of the power crisis.
A high-level official team is stated to be negotiating with the officials from the States of Orissa and Jharkhand apart from several private power producers, including the Jindal group.
A team of officials has visited several northern States, including Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
The State is facing a shortage of 1,600 MW (30 per cent of the energy demand) and the production is around 4,800 MW.
With the water level in the major hydel reservoirs of the State depleting, the situation is expected to turn for worse if the dry spell continues further. The Chief Minister has written to Union Minister for Power Sushil Kumar Shinde over diversion of 50 MW of power allocated to the State from the southern grid to Andhra Pradesh.
Karnataka is set to build a 2,000-MW pit-head thermal station at Godhna in Chhattisgarh. The thermal plant site is connected by a railway line and State highway. Water will be supplied from the Mahanadi.