Karnataka’s power self-sufficiency depends on coal blocks: Shobha Karandlaje
Karnataka can achieve self-sufficiency in power generation by the end of 2014, making it the second state in India to do so after Gujarat. This, however, can be achieved with a little help and push from the Union government that has to allot coal blocks for the proposed thermal power projects that Karnataka is taking up within the state and in Chhattisgarh state, said minister for power Shobha Karandlaje here on Thursday.
Laying the foundation stone for the corporate office of Mangalore Electricity Power Supply Company, Shobha said Chhattisgarh government has acquired 1,300 acres of land for the project and the state government has paid Rs 280 crore as compensation to the evacuees. “Chhattisgarh government has also given dedicated water supply,” she said, adding that the progress of the project depends on Centre allocating dedicated coal linkage.