State will need 6,300 MW power by 2020: Venugopal

Power projects, in future, should be conceived and implemented after assessing environmental concerns and energy requirements, Union Minister of State for Power K.C. Venugopal has said. Inaugurating the State-level commencement of works under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) at Chandanakkampara in Kannur on 09-07-2011, Mr. Venugopal said the State's requirement of electricity would rise to 6,300 MW by 2020.

Stating that the Centre had granted Rs.1,500 crore for rural and urban electrification works in the State, he said the shutdown of some of the power generation units in the Talcher power project in Orissa had already affected the supply of electricity to the State.

The supply from the power project had now come down from 440 MW to 80 MW.

Electrification of 4.71 lakh villages in the country would be taken up under RGGVY, he said adding that the project envisaged giving free electricity connections to 2.34 crore households. Of this, power connection had already been provided to 1.60 lakh households.

The entire scheme was estimated to cost Rs.33,000 crore, he added.

The RGGVY scheme implemented in Idukki in 2005 was sanctioned for six northern districts in the State in 2010, he said.

Presiding over the function, State Power Minister Aryadan Mohammad said the power sector in the State was the only area without a tariff hike since 2003. The government would try to continue this, he said.

Minister for Rural Development K.C. Joseph inaugurated the district-level commencement of works under RGGVY in the district.

Sunny Joseph, MLA, Kerala State Electricity Board Chairman V.P. Joy, Members Babu Prasad and Daya Pradeep, and district panchayat members K.V. Philomena and Daisy Mani were among those present at the function.

Hindu - July 10 2011

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