India: Power Engineering Piyush Goyal Reviews Coal, Power and Renewable Energy Development in Karnataka
The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal reviewed issues related to the power, coal, renewable energy and mines sectors with the Government of Karnataka.
New Delhi/India – Addressing the media after the review meeting, Goyal said that there are four ongoing power projects linking with various states to bring surplus power from the central grid to Karnataka state. 400 KV Yelahanka LILO , 400KV Dharmapuri-Somanahally D/C Line, 400 KV Madhugiri –Yelahanka D/C line and 765 KV Madhugiri –Dharmapuri (Salem New ) S/C Line are the four projects which have been stalled from last many years due to the demand of high compensation. The Government of Karnataka has now agreed to provide all assistance to complete these projects. The completion of these projects will help Karnataka in getting surplus power. The centre has also approved a Renewable Energy Management Center for Bengaluru to support large scale grid integration, added Goyal.
Goyal thanked the Government of Karnataka for signing UDAY, even though the Government has accepted only the operational efficiencies and not its financial aspects. The Minister said that Central Government is willing to help Karnataka Government in every possible way. The Central Government has been requesting to Karnataka Government to sort out right of way issues so that transmission lines can be laid out smoothly, the Minister added. In the last two years the capacity of the Southern grid has been increased by 71 per cent.