The Union government is convening a meeting with officials of its key departments in June to resolve pending issues that are holding up power generation projects in Andhra Pradesh (AP). AP Chief Secretary PK Mohanty will be making a detailed presentation to officials of the Union power, coal and petroleum & natural gas ministries on the power situation in the State, the long and short-term initiatives and projects in the pipeline.
He will make a strong pitch for allocation of assured quota of natural gas and coal for increasing power capacity. He will also touch upon the areas of concern such as idling of 2,534 mw of gas-based power projects for want of required natural gas. The State plans to add an additional 17,126 mw power generation capacity in the 12th Plan Period.
In the long-term, the State would continue its efforts to commission new power projects, apart from keeping the option open for procurement of power from other sources. Mohanty received a positive feedback during his recent visit to Delhi, with officials of these ministries assuring that they would take measures to clear the road-blocks on the way of power projects in the State. Mohanty asked officials of the energy department to prepare a comprehensive action plan, listing out the necessary interventions from the union ministries.
The State Government has taken a serious note of the steep decline in industrial production due to power shortage. Mohanty will also write a letter to SK Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, for allocation of seven coal blocks to APGenco to meet the requirements of eight projects.