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Karnataka - Energy Minister Signals Power Tariff Hike

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Shobha KarandlajeThe power tariff hike of 88 paise in Karnataka is crucial, as this is the only way the electricity supply companies (Escoms) can survive, opined energy minister Shobha Karandlaje, during the signing of power purchase agreement between the NTPC and five Escoms on a 100MW wind power project coming up at Guledagudda in Bagalkot district.

"The price of imported coal has skyrocketed and we procure huge tonnes of coal forRaichur and Bellary thermal plants. The farmers have to be given power, which is unaccounted and unmetered as of now. This puts the state distribution companies in a crisis. Hence, we have filed a tariff petition to the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) for an 88 paise hike," said Karandlaje.

The minister revealed that all the electricity supply companies in the state have already approached Karnataka State Electricity Regulatory Commission, with a plea to hike power tariff uniformly by 88 paise per unit. The commission is processing these requests, and the hike might be affected soon, she added.

Shobha blamed the centre for delaying its nod for the state government's ambitious power projects at Yaramaras, Yadlapur, Chhatisgarh, and Bellary. She said that this delay is contributing to aggravate power woes in the state, and hoped that the power shortage will be a thing of the past once these projects get clearance from the union government.

She also squarely accused the union government of not supplying enough coal to the state. "The central government is meting out step motherly treatment to the state, and our repeated pleas are being overlooked," Shobha claimed.

The wind power and solar power projects are coming up in state with the help of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is also showing interest in Karnataka, she said. The minister also assured full support for renewable energy projects.



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