AP targets 8960 MW additional power generation

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Hyderabad, Aug 27 (UNI)In the next five years, the Andhra Pradesh Government has an ambitious plan of achieving capacity addition of another 8,960 MW at a whoopping cost of Rs 34,446 crore, besides strengthening transmission and distribution network at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore.

According to an official release here, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy said compared to the 'cruel' policies of the previous TDP Government, the Congress Government had been the most consumer-friendly in power supply.

Dr Reddy reiterated there would be no hike in power tariff in the State for another five years.

Paying rich tributes to the victims of the infamous police firing at Basheerbagh on August 28, 2000, Dr Reddy said the incident resembled the historic Jallianwala Bagh incident in which hundreds of patriotic citizens leading the peaceful national movement had fallen to the bullets of the British forces.

''The Basheerbagh firing incident was no less significant. The then Telugu Desam Government had used brutal police to crush the peaceful agitation against power tariff hike, resulting in the death of three innocent youth and injuries to several others,'' he recalled.

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