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State eyes joint power projects

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This will increase availability: Revanna


  • Demand for power has gone up by 25 per cent in two years
  • KPCL to implement seven projects with capacity of 5,000 MW

    BANGALORE: Karnataka is planning to have joint investments in the power generation projects of other States to overcome power shortage.

    Minister for Energy and Public Works H.D. Revanna told presspersons here on Monday that the State was considering making joint investments in power generation projects in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

    The Minister said having equity in the power generation projects of other States would increase the power availability for the State where the demand for power has gone up by 25 per cent in the last two years.

    The installed capacity of the State's power generation projects would increase by about 2,000 MW in a year when work on some of the projects was completed, he said.

    The first phase of the Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS) project, which had an installed capacity of 500 MW, would start generation from June end, the Minister said.

    The State Government had decided to encourage power generation in public and private sector in a big way to bridge the gap, he said.

    Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL) would implement seven power generation projects with a capacity of 5,000 MW at a cost of Rs. 15,000 crore, he said.

    Three thermal power generation projects with a capacity of 1,000 MW each would be taken up in the private sector, the Minister said.

    KMF appointments

    To a question, Mr. Revanna, who heads the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), said he had not violated any norms in the process of appointments to the top posts of the KMF.

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