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Power Crisis - Karnataka to buy 300MW power from sugar factories

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Karnataka power crisisIn an attempt to ease the severe power crisis, the Karnataka government had decided to buy 220 mw of energy produced by private sugar factories.Private sugar factories, which have co-generation units currently produce 300 mw of power daily and the government is purchasing 80 mw at the rate of Rs 2.80 per unit. The remaining 220 mw was being sold to others by the factories. The cabinet chaired by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has decided to purchase the entire 300 mw paying Rs 7.25 per unit, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje told reporters in Bangalore.

The government would be paying Rs 7.25 per unit for the 80 units which it purchased at lower rates earlier. Government had been negotiating with the sugar units to sell the entire production to the state and had offered to pay Rs 5.25 per unit, which the factories rejected.

Ultimately, the government has agreed to pay Rs 7.25 per unit, she said. Shobha blamed the Centre for effecting drastic cut in supplies to the state from the Central grid leading to acute power shortage.

As against the allocation of 1,534 mw daily, supplies has touched as low as 709 mw as on November 25, she said releasing data on power withdrawal. Shobha said supplies from the Central Grid has dropped at an alarming rate.

Barring on November 8 and 9, when the state government drew 1,578 mw and 1,570 mw respectively, since November 1, it has not been able to get its allocated share, she said. The state would be writing to the Centre urging it to maintain supplies of allocated power to Karnataka.

Courtsey– PTI


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