State govt to set up power station in Chhattisgarh

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Bangalore, Jul 25 (UNI) Karnataka Energy Minister K S Eshwarappa today said Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh had agreed in principle to Karnataka setting up a 2000 mw thermal power station in that state.

In a statement in the legislative assembly, he said the state government in its efforts to overcome critical shortage of power has planned to set up the thermal power station in two phases in Chhattisgarh.

''Our Chief Minister, myself and our officials have already discussed the details with their counterparts in Chhattisgarh,'' he said.

Stating that Chattisgarh has abundant coal, adequate water and government land available for power projects, he said ''We are trying to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Chhattisgarh in August,'' he said.

As a long term policy, the state government has planned several new power generation programmes for generating 5000 mw of power in the next five years, he said.

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