HYDERABAD: The power crisis in Telangana state is worsening. The government is purchasing power on a day-to-day basis from independent power producers to ease the situation.
According to sources, though long-term plans are in various stages of implementation, the government is forced to ease the situation on a day-to-day basis as demand is going up steeply.
For instance, on Sunday, the government spent Rs 13 crore for purchasing 14 million units additionally at an exorbitant price of Rs 8.5 per unit as against the normal average price of Rs 3.5 per unit.
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has directed the officials concerned to purchase power on priority regardless of the price and ensure uninterrepted power supply to the farm sector.
‘’Power utilities supplied eight million more units on Sunday than on the same day last year. Yet it was not sufficient because of the steep increase in demand,” a CMO official said.
The chief minister is keen that the long term plans are pursued with utmost care so that the problem would be solved once and for all when they begin generating power. Recently, Telangana Genco signed an MoU with BHEL for setting up 6,000 mw plant within three years.