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More locations identified to set up power plants

Staff Correspondent

Experts visit Yadgir in Gulbarga and Almatti village in Bijapur


  • Thermal plant to come up in growth centre near Raichur
  • Work on Bellary thermal plant to be completed next month

    Raichur: The Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL), which proposed to establish a mega-thermal power plant near Raichur, has identified locations in Gulbarga and Bijapur districts to expand its installed capacity in the thermal sector.

    With no other major hydel projects at hand, the KPCL plans to enhance power generation by setting up more thermal plants in the State.

    Last year, the KPCL proposed to establish a mega thermal power plant (2x500MW) in two phases at a growth centre near Raichur. It identified 2,000 acres of land at the centre that had remained unutilised for more than a decade.

    But less than 500 acres of land has been allocated to local entrepreneurs to set up industries.

    In November last year, the KPCL had written to the authorities concerned at the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) seeking 1,000 acres of land at the growth centre. The latter is yet to take a decision in this regard.

    However, the KPCL has asked Muralidhar Rao, Executive Director (Thermal) of the Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS), to meet officials of the KIADB at its divisional office in Gulbarga to discuss the issue and finalise land allotment for the plant. Mr. Rao told The Hindu on Sunday that he would proceed to Gulbarga on Monday to meet officials of the KIADB.

    The KPCL has identified a location near Yadgir in Gulbarga district and another near Almatti village in Bijapur to set up the proposed thermal power plants with a capacity of 1,000 MW (2x500 MW) each.

    The RTPS, the State's first thermal plant, has an installed capacity of 1,470 MW with a generating capacity of 35 million units a day.

    Ongoing work on the Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS), the State's first 1,000-MW (2x500 MW) thermal plant, is likely to be completed next month and its first unit is expected to be synchronized by May-end adding about 2,500 mu of power to the State grid annually.

    According to official sources, staff of the technical wing of the KPCL had recently visited locations near Raichur, Yadgir town and the Almatti village to study the infrastructure there for the proposed plants.

    It found that all three locations were suitable for establishing thermal plants.

    Infrastructure

    The sources said that KPCL had recently appointed a technical consultant to visit the identified locations for verification of infrastructure and to submit project reports.

    The representatives of the agency were likely to launch work on their assignment by next month, they added.

    At present, the KPCL has an installed capacity of 4,640.5 MW, including 1,470 MW from RTPS and 4.55 MW from wind energy. It would be enhanced to 5,140.50 MW after synchronization of the first unit of the BTPS which has a capacity to generate about 9 mu of power a day.

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