The power sector received a shot in the arm before the start of the summer season as Karnataka will get 892 megawatt of power at competitive rates from two Central agencies.
While the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu will yield a share of 442 MW for Karnataka, the Damodar Valley Corporation of India will supply 450 MW.
Power purchase agreements were signed with these two Central generating stations by each one of the five power producing companies in Karnataka here on Tuesday. Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar was present.
While transmission of power from the Kudankulam plant had started, Damodar Valley Corporation would transmit electricity soon, the Minister said.
In terms of energy, Karnataka would get about 20 million units of power a day from these two generators.
Power from Damodar Valley Corporation would be available at Rs. 4.40 a unit while that of the Kudankulam plant at Rs. 3.50 a unit, he said.
Mr. Shivakumar appealed to Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, which had set up the Kudankulam plant, to allot more power from the quota of unallocated surplus power from the plant.
Karnataka also floated tenders for buying an additional 1,000 MW of power on a long-term basis, he pointed out.
Stating that the State’s power supply situation was comfortable now, he directed the officials concerned to ensure uninterrupted power supply, especially during the peak hours, so that students preparing for examinations were not affected.