Telangana state inches towards self-reliance in the power sector

The upcoming thermal power plant at Damaracherla near Yadadri would be commissioned in phased manner from next October.
The thermal power project is coming up on 5,000 acres and will have five plants each with a capacity to generate 800 MW and in total, it would produce 4,000 MW of power. It not only caters to the needs of the state but also plans to supply to others as well.
The chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday visited the project and spent nearly four hours taking stock of the situation. The officials apprised him that nearly 70 percent of work was completed and would be ready for phase one inauguration by October next year.
They also apprised the chief minister about technicalities of the project. The works on the project began in 2015 and is a massive power project in the country.
It was CM KCR who took the bold decision investing huge sums on the power projects. Another project is coming up near Manuguru in Kothagudem district.
Once commissioned, they would prove wrong those who opposed the separate statehood to Telangana region of united Andhra Pradesh. The former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy laughed at the idea of separate Telangana and said the new state would plunge into darkness as it has no source of power. The senior Congress K Jana Reddy said if claims of Mr KCR comes true on power issue, he would join the TRS party without any hesitation.
CM KCR took tough decisions in certain matters more particularly in ensuring quality and uninterrupted power even if it burdened the state financially.
If these power projects under construction are commissioned, the Telangana state would become totally self reliant and even it would be able to sell power to those needy states.
Energy minister G Jagadishwar Reddy, PR minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao, chief secretary Somesh Kumar, chairman and managing director of Transco and Genco Prabhakar Rao, OSD Smitha Sabarwal and others accompanied the chief minister KCR during his visit to tgd Yadadri Thermal power plant.
Later the CM held a review meeting on the plant and overall development of erstwhile Nalgonda district.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

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