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Kerala should rely more on hydro power: CM

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VSKerala chief minister V S Achuthanandan called for more reliance on traditional and hydro power units to meet the growing power consumption in the state. Speaking at a function at Kakkayam after commissioning the 100 MW Kuttiyadi extension hydel project, he said Kerala should strive to set up traditional and hydro power units to meet the growing power needs of the state.

Claiming that his government has brought down transmission losses from 27% to 18% in the last four years, Achuthanandan said the LDF has succeeded in generating 33 MW power from wind energy."Efforts should also be made to generate power using solar energy by involving local bodies."

Achuthanandan said work on the LNG terminal of NTPC at Kayamkulam was nearing compleition and added that Kerala would get an additional 1950 MW from the project and help the state complete the electrification process by next year.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said that the electricity sector in the State achieved commendable improvement during the last four years of the LDF governance by reducing the transmission loss and streamlining the distribution.

Inaugurating the 100-MW Kuttiyadi Additional Extension Power Project at Kakkayam, the Chief Minister said the government would declare the State totally electrified within a year.

"During the last four years, the State could generate an additional 196 MW power through various schemes. The achievement is high while comparing with the 26 MW power generated during the tenure of the previous UDF government," the Chief Minister said and added that "work on no fewer than 30 projects is now progressing in the State with a mission to generate an additional 730 MW power."

Mr. Achuthanandan said the government could provide 18 lakh new electricity connections in the State, besides completing the total electrification projects in 38 Assembly constituencies.

According to Mr. Achuthanandan, the transmission loss was reduced to 18 per cent from the previous figure of 27 per cent, during the reign of the LDF government. Now the State was preparing to tap the non-conventional energy sources, he said.

Mr. Achuthanandan said "the State has already generated 33 MW power from wind energy alone and this has to be improved in the coming days by exploiting the scope of mini-micro power projects." The Kerala State Electricity Board should think of drawing up exclusive projects enlisting the support of local-self government institutions and related agencies, he said.

The Chief Minister said the LNG terminal project in Kochi would be completed within a few months, facilitating the supply of 1,950 MW power from the NTPC at Kayamkulam. The government plan was to generate 4,000 MW power by undertaking various schemes at the location, he said.

Delivering the presidential address, Electricity Minister A.K. Balan stated that the government would not introduce power cut till the end of its tenure. The government had created a platform for ensuring the steady growth of the electricity sector, he said.

Mr. Balan claimed that it was the determination of the LDF government that saved the KSEB from the privatisation policy of the Union government.

"By encouraging various power-saving schemes and supplying CFLs, the Board could save 230 MW power during the peak hour of consumption," he said.




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