The inefficiency of the Kiran Government has surfaced once again. Despite having 33 members on parliament the AP has not been able to influence the petrol and gas ministry to give more gas to state.
What is worse the outgoing power minister transferred gas allocation of state to the Ratnagiri plant in Maharastra on the anvil of his exit from the ministry leaving AP high and dry.
At a time when the state is passing through an unprecedented power crisis, the Centre has reportedly cut the supply of gas to the thermal plants in the state.The cut, according to sources in the power sector, came into force on August 1. With this, the power generation has come down drastically by about 15%. Apparently, the Union petroleum ministry has cut the gas supply to the tune of about 2 mmscmd (Million standard cubic metre per day) and that the gas has been diverted to Dabhol power plant in Maharashtra.
According to the sources, the gas was diverted to Dabhol as per a recommendation of the empowered group appointed in 2008. The group recommended that the Dabhol plant should be supplied gas on a par with fertilizer plants. In the priority list of gas supply, fertilizer plants occupy the top slot.
Even though nobody bothered about the decision for four years, new Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde before leaving the power ministry two days ago is said to have asked petroleum minister S Jaipal Reddy to implement the recommendation of the empowered group.
Confirming the cut in the gas supply, Infrastructure and investment minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said the Centre has diverted about 2 MMSCMD. "Already, due to inadequate supply of gas, the thermal plants are being run at 35% below their capacity. Now, with the recent cut, this will come down by another 15%," he said adding that a generation capacity of 20% could devastate the state.
According to sources in the power sector, in terms of power generation, the cut in the gas supply would translate into a loss of 400 MW.
The decision could have been put for some more time because of severe power crisis in the state. "The implementation of the decision has been pending for four years. Therefore, they could have waited till the situation in AP improved," .Meanwhile, an upset chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has decided to convene a high level meeting after his return from Bangalore. The gas supply cut is will have a serious impact on the state's economy if hydel generation does not improve with the monsoon rains, said sources in the energy department.
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