Power on demand in the country in two years: Shinde
Last Updated: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 00:19
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 Karnataka.

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.


First Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 00:19

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