Federation opposes coal-based power projects

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Udupi, Karnataka, May 17 (UNI) The Federation of Anti-Coal-based Thermal Project Movement has strongly opposed the proposed 11 coal-based power projects in the state as it will create severe water problem besides displacement and deforestation.

Addressing the press, Federation State Convener Sudhir Ombatthukere and Mr Shankar Sharma said the Federation has already filed a petition before the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission(KERC).

It also presented its arguments earlier during the two public hearings held by KERC against coal-based projects. It is expected to submit its report to the new government.

Mr Sharma, a leading consultant to many electrical industries in the state, said the coal-based projects are not suitable for Karnataka as they will need huge quantity of water for operations.

Refuting the argument of acute power shortage in the state resulting in the need for such projects, Mr Sharma said the peak demand in the state was 5,500 MW as against the total power production capacity of 7,700 MW.

If the department took adequate steps to bring down the 30 per cent transmission and distribution (T and D) losses to the international level of six per cent and increase the efficiency, the existing power production could able to meet the present demand without any need to go for additional power production.

There is also a need for effective promotional steps to be taken on non-conventional energy sources like solar energy and biomass.

The federation aimed at creating public awareness against coal-based plants in the state through lectures and debates in schools and colleges and publishing handbooks on the impact of such projects.

The Federation has also recently set up a branch in Mangalore. It proposed to hold a state-level convention during August next in Belgaum by inviting experts in the field and government officials.


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