Reddy urges PM to look into KG basin gas production issue
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 23:11
  
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look into the "serious issue" of gas production from D6 wells in the Krishna-Godavari Basin in the wake of suspicion that Reliance was deliberately reducing the production.

"I am not CBI to investigate whether Reliance is producing gas adequately or deliberately reducing production. It's a very serious issue and the Centre should probe into it," the Chief Minister said in reply to a question at a press conference here this evening.

He would take up the issue with the Prime Minister at their next meeting. Kiran pointed out that 8,000 MW of power generating capacity in gas-based plants across the country was lying idle due to non-availability of gas. "In monetary terms, an investment of about Rs 40,000 crore was put into these plants and hence the Government of India should take a positive view about this," Kiran added.

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look into the "serious issue" of gas production from D6 wells in the Krishna-Godavari Basin in the wake of suspicion that Reliance was deliberately reducing the production.

"I am not CBI to investigate whether Reliance is producing gas adequately or deliberately reducing production. It's a very serious issue and the Centre should probe into it," the Chief Minister said in reply to a question at a press conference here this evening.

He would take up the issue with the Prime Minister at their next meeting. Kiran pointed out that 8,000 MW of power generating capacity in gas-based plants across the country was lying idle due to non-availability of gas. "In monetary terms, an investment of about Rs 40,000 crore was put into these plants and hence the Government of India should take a positive view about this," Kiran added.

Referring to the unprecedented power crisis gripping the state, the Chief Minister said there was a shortfall of 50 million units now due to drastic reduction in hydel and gas-based power generation to the extent of 48 mu. "In the last three to four days, the gap between demand and supply widened further to 70 million units leading to enhanced power cuts across the sectors.

"We are imposing a three-day power holiday for the industries, but if they produce their own power, we will waive the wheeling charges and also the electricity duty," he announced.

For the agriculture sector, efforts were on to ensure power supply for seven hours in two spells.

"This year, there is an unforeseen problem on the power front due to various factors. We are buying 28.66 million units of power from different sources but still unable to meet the demand. The state government in not lax but there is no power available," Kiran said, seeking to rebut opposition criticism.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 23:11


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