K'taka demands its 'share' of power

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Bangalore, Nov 27 (UNI) Karnataka Cabinet today decided to write to the centre to demand the state's share of power from the national grid.

Briefing newsmen here after the meeting, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Shobha Karandlaje said the state had drawn on an average a maximum of 709 mw per day as on November 25 against it share of average 1599 mw power from the centre.

Replying to questions she said the state did not owe any money to the centre towards purchase of power. Sensing the grim situation the cabinet decided to pressurise the centre by writing a letter, she explained.

The Minister said the sugar factories in the state produced 300 mw of power of which the state government had got only 80 mw power at the rate of Rs 2.80 per unit. The cabinet decided to purchase all the 300 mw power from these factories at the rate of Rs 7.25 per unit immediately, she added.

She said the cabinet also reviewed the law and order situation in view of the terror attack in Mumbai last night and condoled the death of those who were killed in the attack.

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