Separate lines for agriculture and domestic sector to ‘power’ progress in Telangana
New Delhi: Telangana has completed the separation of domestic and agriculture power lines thus paving the way for uninterrupted quality power supply throughout the state. Disclosing this, energy minister G Jagadish Reddy announced that the state has also completed 100% electrification in rural areas .In an exclusive interview to STOI, the minister who played a key role in making Hyderabad a `power cut-free’ city, said the ultimate goal of the TRS government is to attract manufacturing industries to the state by providing power at a competitive price.
“The supply of 24-hour power has increased the demand by 20 per cent more. After studying the situation in the three districts which are getting 247 power, we came to the conclusion that if 24-hour power supply is given across the state, the demand will increase to 11,000 MW ,“ said the minister. Recalling that prior to the forma of Telangana state, “the situation tion of Telangana state, “the situation in power generation, supply and the distribution was grim. People also know how it changed for the better. In 2013-14, the maximum demand was 6,600 MW and the utilisation was 123 million units. In 2016-17, the maximum demand is 9191MW and the power utilisation is 195 million units. By this comparison, one can understand as to how much power we are supplying.“
He also said that all lift irrigation projects that are under construction will get sufficient power after completion. “At the time of formation of Telangana state, the power generation capacity was 6,574 MW and, in three years, 5348 MW was added. Now, the captive generation in the state is 13095 MW .We have drawn up plans for another 13,000 MW with the 800 MW capacity Kothagudem power plant slated to start functioning this December.
The 1080 MW power plant at Bhadradri is under construction. Power will be generated from two units by next March and another two units by next December from that plant. Yadadri Ultra Power Plant has got the environmental clearances and all the obstacles are cleared.