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KCR Ask Officials To Speed Up Construction Of Power Plants:- The demand for electricity is expected to increase from next year onwards, said the Telangana State Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. He further asked the officials to speed up the construction of power plants.
The government is gearing up to provide 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to all the sectors, said Mr. Rao. Moreover, a cheque of Rs 417.16 crore was handed over to BHEL Chairman and Managing Director, Atul Sobti on Friday. The cheque was given as a first installment for the construction of 4,000 MW Yadadri ultra mega power plant, The power plant is estimated to cost around Rs 20,370 crore. KCR asked the BHEL firm to complete the construction in three years and asked for transparency.
All the clearances have been secured by the power plant and also the land had been acquired. The energy department was directed by him to take necessary steps, to ensure that the project is completed within schedule. Mr. KCR added that from the month of March, the State government has decided to provide 24-hour free power supply to farmers. Apart from the lift irrigation schemes, there were many new industries on the anvil.
The Chief Minister said that the power consumption would likely jump several notches and could touch 3,500 MW. Discussions about the under-construction plants at Kothagudem and Manuguru were held between KCR and the energy department officials.
Within two to three months, the construction of the 800 MW Kothagudem power plant would be completed and the Manuguru plant would be completed next year.
Six Power Bosses To Complete Their Tenure By Month-End
The tenure of around six directors of TS Transco, Genco and the two discoms, including southern discom chairman and managing director G. Raghuma Reddy will be completed on November 26. It is speculated over whether these high-ranking officers will be given an extension or not by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. TS Transco director (projects & grid operations) G. Na-rasinga Rao and director (transmission) T. Jagath Reddy, southern discom director (operations) J. Srinivas Reddy, northern discom director (operations) and B. Narsing Rao are the others who would be retiring on the same date, whereas TS Genco director (HR) S. Ashock Kumar will complete his term on November 27.
For over a year, the senior post of HR director at northern discom has been vacant. The post of director (technical) in the TS Electricity Regu-latory Commission is also vacant, additionally. Mr Srinivas Reddy is confident of getting an extension, of all the directors who are completing their term.
At a public meeting held at Siddipet, a few days back, Mr Chandrasekhar Rao had praised the services of Mr Srinivas Reddy and had invited him over to the dais.
The vacancy of the southern discom is perhaps the most coveted. Due to the state government's decision to supply 24x7 free power to farmers, the discoms are getting importance. Along with the construction of new power plants, there are several ongoing lift irrigation projects. However, it is not clear whether Mr Rao will allow Mr Raghuma Reddy to continue as CMD of southern discom or select another officer.