Thursday, March 21, 2013

‘Free power to farm sector at any cost’

HYDERABAD, March 21, 2013

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has asserted that the State government would go all out to purchase RLNG and Naptha from anywhere in the country to ensure that not even an acre of standing crop withers away.

"We will go to any extent to buy power at Rs.12 or Rs.12.50 per unit and see that free power is supplied to the farm sector," Mr. Reddy told reporters in his chambers in the Assembly on Wednesday. "Due to high demand, there is a gap between generation and consumption," he said adding that while earlier the demand stood between 210 million units and 220 million units, it has now shot up to 314 million units per day. He went on the say that the government was willing to purchase from any corner of the State, if it was available. The Chief Minister pointed out that like allotment of gas from other wells, the same criterion should be applicable to D-6 as well in Krishna Godavari basin.

"We have written to the Centre for pro-rata allocation of gas by reversing its order. We want the Centre to review its earlier decision on D-6," he remarked.


He said open bids for setting up solar power plants to generate 1,000 MW have been invited. "I plan to announce a new solar power policy during the next few days," he said.
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