Karnataka urges Centre to increase its power share

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (UNI) Putting forth its case for higher share of power, Karnataka today urged the Centre to nearly double its Central share from 16 to 30 per cent to help the state overcome acute shortage of power.

In his address at the meeting of the Chief Ministers on the Ultra Mega Power Projects here, Karnataka Power Minister K S Eswarappa said the share of Karnataka from the Central Generating stations was only 16 per cent, half of what the neighbouring states were getting.

The reason was that the formula for allocation was devised in 1974 based on the patterns of power consumption of that period. The power consumption patterns had undergone major changes and it was time for the Centre to increase Karnataka's share to at least 30 per cent on a top priority basis.

The Minister also urged the Centre to consider setting up the state's first Ultra Mega Power Projects in Karnataka especially in Bijapur district which had two identified locations -- Kudgi and Mannur with the linkage of four TMC of water from Almatti reservoir.

The Government should immediately dispatch a team to study the suitability of the site, Mr Eswarappa urged. He also reminded the Centre that the state was in dialogue with the Tadadi as a possible site for the Ultra Mega Power Project and the state government would revert back to the Centre on the issue.

He said Karnataka was experiencing an energy shortage of 17 per cent and 53 per cent of power came from hydro power. Hence, the state was dependent on the vagaries of mansoon. The state had two thermal power stations in Raichur and Bellary and there was a dire need to increase power generation by augmenting thermal capacity by adding two Ultra Mega Power Projects, he said adding that the state was fervently hoping that the first mega power project would be a reality by 2012.

The state government, he said, was committed to major improvements in state power situation and the state was also procuring power from private producers through open access system.

The state was anxious to set up 5,000 MW of generation capacity and promote renewable energy in a big manner. It was also aiming to stem the distribution deficiencies, he contended.

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