HYDERABAD: The Telangana government scored over Andhra Pradesh in the ongoing power- sharing tussle, with the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) agreed to to give 250 MW power to the state.
CEA has also agreed with TS’ argument that net power due from AP is 504 MW, especially hydel stations.
The CEA which held a meeting to resolve the power-sharing row between AP and Telangana in Delhi on Monday, agreed with the argument of Telangana officials to increase the share of the state in Central Generating Stations (CGS) from the original 52.17 per cent to 53.88 per cent. The CEA convinced with the argument of the Telangana, agreed for it. After the meeting, TS gained an additional quota of 1.6 per cent power in CGS. AP Transco CMD Vijayanand and Telangana energy secretary Arvind Kumar presented their respective arguments before the CEA.
TS energy secretary informed the CEA that the AP was not sharing non-conventional energy. The net loss to TS after the formation of state is 175 MW from wind, soar and other non-conventional energy sources. The CEA directed the AP to compensate the net loss of 175 MW to TS.
According to sources, when the Telangana official pointed out that though the Nagarjuna Sagar Tail Pond was located in AP, the power station on the balancing reservoir is being operated by Telangana. Thus, Telangana wanted the CEA to handover the operation and maintenance of this power station to Krishna River Management Board (KRMB). The CEA chairman reportedly wanted both the states to resolve this issues through discussion. If the issue was not resolved, then the CEA would write a letter to KRMB to take over the O&M of the power plant.
As the AP government was not willing to share power from Krishnapatnam project as per AP Reorganisation Act, Telangana too gave a similar shock to AP in the meeting. The AP officials mentioned that the power purchasing agreement (PPA) was not signed for Krishnapatnam project and they could not share power with the TS. Telangana too contended that it too would not share power from Bhoopalpally and SCCL plant in Jaipur. The TS officials reportedly told the CEA committee as AP did not sign the PPA for Krishnapatnam, TS too did not sign the PPA for its ongoing projects. However, the CEA did not take a final decision on this at the meeting.
TS officials demanded that they need a net 504 MW power from AP. AP did not share its power in hydel projects and the net due for TS from AP is 504 MW. The CEA considered this positively in favour of TS.