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Hyderabad: If Telangana is formed, it will have to face electricity problems… In the few months of its formation, the entire country has been surprised by the electricity surplus state, defying the curses of the then joint rulers that the entire state would be in darkness. By the time Telangana State was formed in 2014, there was a power demand deficit of 2700 MW. During the 60’s Union rule, our coal and water were illegally diverted and power plants were built in other areas. By the time Telangana was formed, plants with a power generation capacity of 7778 megawatts had been constructed. The per capita electricity consumption was only 1196 kilowatts. The construction of electricity sub-stations and lines has not been undertaken to meet the demand. Due to low power supply, agricultural motors and transformers are constantly burning, farmers are left with dry crops on the roads. It is known that the agriculture sector and the rural economy have been severely affected due to power cuts.

The progress made by the power sector in the last 9 years is a testimony to the vision and governance of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The Telangana government has spent Rs.97,321 crores in these 9 years to expand and strengthen power generation, supply and distribution systems which have been completely neglected and discriminated against. The power generation capacity has been increased from 7778 MW to 18567 MW. In the last 9 years the power generation capacity has increased by an additional 10,789 MW. 5156 MW production capacity in thermal and 5273 MW production capacity in solar power were additionally increased. The 600 MW Kakatiya Thermal Power Station, 240 MW Lower Jurala and 120 MW Pulichintala hydropower stations, which were neglected during the Union regime, were completed on war footing.

In a record time of 48 months in the country, KTPS Seventh Phase has built a super critical thermal power plant of 800 megawatts. For the first time in the country, the construction work of Yadadri power plant, which is being built with a capacity of 2400 MW, is going on at a fast pace with an investment of Rs.34,400 crores in Damaracharla of Nalgonda district. Production in the first unit will be available by the end of 2023. The government has strengthened the power supply and distribution systems to achieve the production capacity. The limited number of 400 KV, 220 KV 132 KV power transformers along with the length of high tension lines has been significantly increased. The power supply system capacity has been increased to 39,345 MW. 33 KV and 11 KV sub-stations along with low tension power distribution lines have been massively expanded. Telangana has been recognized as the state with the best power supply system in the country by developing the State Load Dispatch Center using modern technology for continuous quality power supply to all sectors.

Due to the efficient power system, it has withstood the highest electricity demand which reached 15,497 megawatts in March 2023. Even in cases of grid failure, an island system has been established to overcome gaps in power supply to the city of Hyderabad. Apart from that, modern ‘Ring Main Systems’ at 400KV, 220KV, 132KV levels have been established in the Hyderabad city to avoid power gaps. During these 9 years, 8.46 lakh agricultural Electrical connections have also been established. With this, the number of agricultural electricity connections increased from 19.03 lakh in 2014 to 27.49 lakh. An additional 67 lakh electricity supply connections were given to all sectors, taking the total number of electricity connections to 1 crore 78 lakh. With the construction of power generating stations, sub-stations and supply lines, Telangana State is leapfrogging with an average of 2140 units, 70% more than the national average (1255 units) in per capita electricity consumption.

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