Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy asked Union minister for power Veerappa Moily to help the state tide over its power shortage. The chief minister requested Moily, who was here to participate in the 10th annual convocation of the NALSAR university, to extend the power allocation to the state from the NTPC Jhajjar power plant till May 2013.
He also asked the Union minister to provide power from unallocated sources of the central generating stations in southern region, upto 500 MW.
A request was also made for the allocation of 300 MW from the Kundankulam Atomic Power Plant, and 75 MW from the second expansion of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation.
Moily was urged to direct NTPC to start generation at the Simhadhri fourth unit so that another 210 MW power can be supplied to the state.
The chief minister said coal supply should be maintained at all the units of Simhadri as per fuel supply agreement.
Kiran Kumar Reddy proposed to the Union minister to use the RIL KG D-6 gas, which was allocated to power projects in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan, for independent power producers of AP to generate an additional power of 500 MW.
The power can be provided to the three states through power exchanges or trading at the rate of Rs 3.50 per unit, since the west zone is being connected with a new grid. However, AP buys equivalent power from exchanges in southern grib at around Rs 7, said the chief minister.
Further, Moily was also requested to arrange for diversion of 2.5 MMSCMD of natural gas from the government or public sector power projects located in the west zone.
A few days ago, it was decided in the state cabinet meeting to build pressure on the Centre for more allocation of power from unallocated sources.