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Telangana is able to supply 12,500 MW power: Jagadish Reddy

Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy on Wednesday claimed that the Telangana State was able to bridge the demand-supply gap of energy and today it was in a position to supply 12,400 MW.

The minister was speaking to media persons after holding a review meeting at the Secretariat with the senior officials on energy situation and damages caused due to recent heavy rains in the State. He informed that the energy demand in April this year was 7194 MW, which was higher by 533 MW compared to last year. While the demand was 6493 MW in 2014, t increased to 6661 MW in 2015.

Jagadish Reddy said that the State Government has installed 235 power transformers to ensure proper supply of power.

The minister informed that since 4th May, due to effect of upper wind turf, the inclement weather was continuing in the jurisdiction of TSSPDCL covering Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts, causing much damages to the electricity network comprising of 33 KV, 11 KV and LT lines which led to severe interruptions in power supply. He said that the department has suffered a loss of about Rs. 5 crore due to these damages.

Furnishing the details of total losses, he said nearly 20,000 complaints were received from the consumers and of them, nearly 90% were resolved within 12 hours.

When asked as to why the Telangana State was buying power from private power companies and not Andhra Pradesh Government, he said that the private power supplies were supplying power for Rs. 4.63 paise per unit. However, AP Government had increased the tariff to Rs. 5.35. When pointed out, the AP Government had offered to supply power for one paise less than the private companies. But it did not respond positively, when the Telangana Government formally approached it to buy power, he said. (INN)