K'taka seeks centre's help in setting up ultra mega thermal plant

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Bangalore, Sep 9 (UNI) The BJP government in Karnataka today sought the help of the centre to speed up the setting up of the 4000 mw ultra mega thermal power plant in Bijapur.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today held talks with Union Power Secretary Anil Razdan on power sector in the state which had suffered from power shortages for a long time.

"We have given highest priority for power generation and development. We need your help in starting Bijapur project. A Central team which visited he site has favoured setting up of the plant there," he told the official.

He also sought help from the centre in ensuring seamless movement of coal from the Vasco-da-Gama port in Goa through rail.

The government had favoured private sector investment in setting up two 2500 mw thermal power plants in Jewargi and Ghataprabha.

Referring to the MoU signed with the Chhattisgarh government yesterday to build a pit-head power plant in the central Indian state, Mr Yeddyurappa wanted the centre to ensure coal linkage and sufficient supply water from Mahanadi.

He also sought mega power status for 1000 mw Bellary thermal plant which began commercial production two month's ago.

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