Mantri gives power tips to CM

October 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

Disgruntled endowments minister C. Ramachandraiah shot off yet another letter to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday, this time on the energy crisis. The minister, upset with allocation of the portfolio from the day he got it, had in his earlier letter tried to embarrass the CM by suggesting that the state, with its own finances, should supply additional gas cylinders at subsidised rate. Mr Ramachandraiah now came up with a list of suggestions on improving power supply through use of LNG and asked the CM to give a serious thought to his suggestions “in the larger interests of the people and the state.”

Maintaining that the power situation in the state was alarming, the minister said it had been affecting the overall economy and growth rate by pushing the state to industrial sickness. “The farmers are virtually driven to a state of distress and helplessness,” he said, adding that the very survival of industrial units was under threat. The minister asked the CM to purchase LNG directly from Indonesia and Iran and get it re-gassified in the existing facilities for supply to power plants. Another suggestion, similar to the one taken up during the YSR regime, was that imported gas can be given to the gas grid and in lieu of this, the state can avail gas from the nearby KG Basin.

He advised construction of on or off shore regassification unit in the east coast near Visakhapatnam and involving business and industrial units as partners in the SPV — a proposal on which the state already made progress. He finally wanted the government to provide solar power-operated pumpsets to farmers, which are already given substantial subsidies.

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