Bangalore: Power would be made available in
the country on demand in two years, Union Minister for Power
Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Saturday.
He said the Centre was not adopting a "partisan" approach
in distributing power to states from the central allocation.
Shinde was speaking after launching "Nirantara Jyothi"
programme in Karnataka and inaugurating `220/66/11 KV sub
station" at a function at Yekarajapura in Hoskote taluk of
Bangalore Rural district.
The Minister said the National Thermal Power Corporation
is in the process of acquiring land for the proposed 4000 MW
thermal power project at Kudigi in Bijapur district of
He asked the state government to chalk out gas-based
projects -- as Karnataka is not coal-rich -- for which the
Centre would extend all support.
Under the "Nirantara Jyothi" programme, the State
government plans to provide 24-hour reliable power supply to
all non-agricultural customers such as domestic, commercial,
industries, drinking water and street lights in rural areas
through separate 11 KV lines.
In the first phase, 70 taluks would be covered by August
this year at a cost of Rs 1,203 crore and 56 taluks by March
2011 at a cost of Rs 920 crore.
Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Energy Minister K S Eshwarappa
were among those present.