Karnataka not supporting ‘right of way’ for transmission projects: Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal

As the Karnataka government is not supporting the “right of way” for the Centre’s transmission projects, the latter is finding it difficult to take electricity lines to Tamil Nadu and Kerala, among other sourthern states, said Piyush Goyal, minister of state for coal, power, new and renewable energy and mines (independent charge), on Monday in New Delhi. “We are not getting support of right of way particularly in Karnataka. And Karnataka being strategically located, I can not take transmission lines to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and other southern states without the support and passing through Karnataka,” said the power minister.

The latest performance report of power ministry states that the transmission network in the country had increased 40 per cent to 7.4 lakh MVA in March, 2017, from 5.3 lakh MVA in March, 2014. “We have increased the capacity of southern grid by 89 per cent in the last three years due to which 24 hours electricity can be withdrawn by any state at any time. There is not a single state that is demanding more capacity. But, despite that, I am committed to further double this capacity in the next four three years,” the power minister added.

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