Telangana power crisis: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao says Centre "vengeful" towards state

Written by PTI | Hyderabad | Updated: Nov 2 2014, 02:25am hrs
K Chandrasekhar RaoTelangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao dragged Centre into the issue accusing it of adopting a "vengeful attitude" towards his state. (PTI)
Under fire from the TDP, ruling neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and opposition parties over his of way tackling power crisis in Telangana, its Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today dragged Centre into the issue accusing it of adopting a "vengeful attitude" towards his State.

"The Government of India that should ensure implementation of the (AP) Reorganisation Act has not been co-operating with the Telangana government. It is adopting a vengeful attitude towards us," a CMO release quoted Rao as saying.

Rao alleged that Andhra Pradesh government was not supplying 54 per cent of power which is due to Telangana and is trying to block power generation at Srisailam reservoir.

"The previous rulers did not set up power generating stations in Telangana and hence we are facing a crisis now. Our power woes will continue for the next two to three years. I told people about this even during the election campaign," the TRS chief said.

On the measures his government has taken to overcome the power crisis in Telangana, Rao said Telangana is currently purchasing 1000 MW of power from Chhattisgarh while new power generating stations are also being set up to resolve the crisis.

He also appealed to farmers to cultivate only irrigated dry crops in the Rabi season in view of the ongoing power crunch.

Rao's remarks came against the backdrop of mounting attack from opposition parties in Telangana over his failure to handle the power crisis effectively.

Apart from the Telugu Desam Party, Congress, BJP and CPI have accused Rao of doing nothing to overcome the crisis and have taken exception to his attempt to "blame" his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu for the situation.

In a strong rebuttal, Andhra Pradesh government has said that while AP generated 5,710 million units (mu) of thermal power, only 4,941 mu was used by it and 769 mu were supplied to Telangana.

"AP generated 1,621 mu of hydro power and Telangana 2,226 mu. AP discoms had drawn only 42 per cent of the total hydro power as against their entitlement for 46 per cent.

"Though 234 mu of power was generated at Upper Jurala hydro project, not a single unit was transferred to AP. Why is the Telangana government not speaking about it" Communications Advisor to AP government, Parakala Prabhakar said.

Even from the Central grid, AP was getting 183 million units less power, he said.

While AP government purchased 900 MW of power from external sources with a long-term perspective, Telangana was managing with minuscule purchases from power exchanges on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, Telangana chief minister will be signing an MoU with Chhattisgarh for the purchase of 1000 MW power from the neighbouring state and is embarking on a two-day visit there, beginning tomorrow.

"Newly-constituted Telangana state has shown its keen interest in the power projects of Chhattisgarh which has already secured first position in the country for achieving zero power-cut status. In the same sequence, chief minister of Telangana K Chandrashekhar Rao will arrive at Raipur on Sunday on a two-day visit to the state," an official statement issued by Chhattisgarh government said in Raipur today.

As per the release, the Chandrasekhar Rao government has also expressed interest in the initiatives taken by Raman Singh-led government to promote horticulture through public participation.

Rao will leave from Begumpet airport in Hyderabad at 11 am tomorrow and will land at Swami Vivekananda airport in Raipur at 12:15 PM, the statement said.

Rao will then head to a nearby village Gomchi to visit VNR Seed Research Centre and the biotech and plant pathology labs to know about various species of fruit-bearing saplings.

"Subsequently, he will visit village Malpuri and take note of the new technology of guava, tomato and cucumber cultivation. From there, he will reach village Kohadia to observe green house technique in agriculture, hybrid seed production of brinjal, research on ginger, paddy and tomato cultivation following which he will return to Raipur in the evening," the statement said.

On November 3, Rao will take part in a meeting with chief minister Raman Singh and senior government officials during which the Chhattisgarh government will sign an MoU with Telangana to sell 1000 MW electricity to the neighbouring state, it said.