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http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140907/nation-current-affairs/article/telangana-gets-two-power-plants

New Delhi: The Union government on Saturday announced setting up of a 1,000 MW solar power plant in Mahbubnagar, while it also assured approval of a 4,000 MW power plant by NTPC in Ramagundam which was a promise made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Union power minister Piyush Goyal welcomed the Telangana State’s plan for solar energy as he approved the plant to come up in Mahbubnagar. Mr Goyal made the announcement after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met him along with a delegation on pending power projects of the state.

He also announced that the Union government would approve a 4,000 MW power plant to be built by the NTPC. The minister said the government would take all steps to help the government in the power sector.

Mr Rao also met law minister Ravishankar Prasad and demanded that Andhra Pradesh be allotted a separate high court and the existing one in Hyderabad serve as the Telangana High Court.
 

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Source: The Hindu


Four electrocuted near Haj House
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Electric wires from the shops connected to the high tension wire snaps, resulting in short circuit

Four men got electrocuted while taking shelter under a tarpaulin tent of shops adjacent to Haj House in Nampally due to heavy downpour on Monday night.

The four victims, who worked for Gemini circus near Jubilee Bus Stand in Secunderabad for the past one month, hailed from Kandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. They came to Nampally to catch a train for their village.

As they got off a bus at Nampally, it started raining heavily.

The quartet, along with another friend, ran towards the shops at Haj House and stood under the tarpaulin tent covering some shops which caters for Haj pilgrims.

Serious burns
“Somehow, electric wires from the shops to the high tension wire got snapped resulting in short circuit. All the five suffered shock and serious burns,” Central zone DCP V.B. Kamalasan Reddy told The Hindu.

Four of the injured were rushed to Medwin hospital and another to Osmania General Hospital. Four of them died and were identified as Ramkesh, 17, Kausal, 18, Roopend, 20 and Sushil Kumar Yadav, 20. The injured Nagin was being treated at Medwin hospital.

Electricity department officials told the police that they were trying to ascertain how the wires got snapped. An eyewitness said one of the snapped wires fell in the puddle formed due to the downpour and the five suffered electric shock since they were standing close to it.

Deputy Chief Minister, Mohd Mahmood Ali, Hyderabad Mayor Majid Hussain, Charminar MLA Ahmed Pasha Quadri, Secunderabad MP Bandaru Dattatreya, BJP State President G. Kishan Reddy visited Medwin Hospital.
For many more years Hyderabad has to suffer like this? :bash:
Was in Pune over the weekend. There were absolutely no over head cables ( LT/HT)or ugly transformers any where. Even the fringe areas have UG cables.
I know its an expensive affair but when other cities can make such progress why can't Hyderabad? What are they doing so different?
Why can't they look at the benefits and safety instead of just looking at Money?
 

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Vanasthalipuram..in our locality 8:00 -10:30 [missed mangalyaan reporting of DD ..of course final minutes]...then I thought some repair and waited for it and went to office ..and evening 2:00 to 4:30[ it was told by my wife]... then felt that its powercut.. thanks for report world8115 its power cut.. as usual they will say 4 hrs but it was 5 hrs/ and for some may be 6 hrs[ like abdulapur met,RFC etc]..can't believe these power cuts for so called "metro city"...that too in rainy season..god save us in summer..I always used to advocate not to buy inverters but now I am thinking to buy this summer...
 

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^^ Power cuts come to haunt people of Telangana again

The Hindu
Power holiday for industry likely to be resumed soon. Hyderabad city has been divided into three groups, A, B and C, and imposed with staggered power cuts of four hours a day, enforced in two spells of two hours each between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The four tedious hours a day without power are back to haunt the city. On Wednesday morning, many areas in the city woke up to a two-hour power cut, resumed after lull of over a month. Two more hours followed in the noon, much to the chagrin of the consumers.

The Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited, later in the day, only confirmed the load reliefs imposed, by announcing the revised schedules.

District headquarters have gone back to power cuts of five hours a day, while for towns/municipalities it will be six hours, and mandal headquarters, eight hours per day, the official informed. Industrial power holidays, which had been revoked a month ago, are very likely to be resumed very soon.

The city has been divided into three groups, A, B and C, and imposed with staggered power cuts of four hours a day, enforced in two spells of two hours each between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

These are, by far, the most lengthy load relief schedules imposed in the non-summer months in the recent past. Water regulation to both Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar hydro power stations is cited as reason for the shortage.

“As long as there were inflows, we were allowed to generate power. Now, the Irrigation authorities have asked both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States to cut down the generation, as there are no inflows,” a Discom official informed. Water allocation for both States together has been cut down from 60,000 cusecs to 25,000 cusecs, resulting in generation reduced by seven million units. While the TSSPDCL requires 4,100 MW of power, only 3,400 MW is available now, with the remaining 700 MW covered through load reliefs. Meanwhile, power generation was stalled at the NTPC Limited in Ramagundam on Wednesday following a technical snag in the 500 MW seventh unit.

Swathi V. | Updated: September 25, 2014 00:49 IST
 

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Singareni Collieries to open country's biggest underground mine

India's second-largest coal producer Singareni Collieries will open the country's biggest underground mine next month with a capacity of 2.8 million tonnes per year, which should help the firm edge past its output target for this fiscal year.
Singareni's better-than-expected output will ensure sufficient supplies to south India-based power plants it caters to, at a time when the country is facing a severe shortage of coal. Nearly half of India's power plants have less than a week's stock of the fuel. (http://link.reuters.com/mep72w)
Singareni's output is just about 10 percent of what Coal India, the world's largest miner, digs out. But its small size and focus on one state, Telangana, has helped it beat its production targets for years, unlike Coal India that has its mines across the country.
Sutirtha Bhattacharya, Singareni's chairman, told Reuters on Monday the company will be able to produce about 1-1.5 million this fiscal year from the new underground mine. Most of India's mines are easy-to-operate open cast pits.
The company expects to produce a total of 55 million tonnes in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, and 56 million the year after that. Its target for the current fiscal year was 54.5 million.
"We are the only company to provide more than 100 percent of what we commit to our power customers," Bhattacharya said. "We also make up for others' deficits and help in lowering imports."
Most of the power plants with critical stocks are suffering from low levels of supply from Coal India, which is struggling to raise output as rains slowed activity in some mines.
Coal India fell short of its production target of 183.9 million tonnes for April-August by 8 million tonnes. The company fears it may not be able to meet its commitment of supplying 408 million tonnes to power firms this fiscal year.
The inability of Coal India - accounting for 80 percent of the country's coal output - to raise production fast enough has made India the world's third-largest coal importer despite sitting on the fifth-largest reserves
http://www.financialexpress.com/new...pen-countrys-biggest-underground-mine/1294125
 

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Telangana power woes to worsen

The Telangana citizens might have to brace themselves for the worst ever summer of the decade, with all avenues for power availability or acquisition gradually being shut down, for the newly formed State.
The four-hour shutdown may eventually go up to six hours or more in the city from April next, when the rabi operations get into full swing, officials say. Power supply for agriculture too may be affected in a big way.
While the soon-to-be-commissioned 800-MW Krishnapatnam Thermal Power Plant had been a great source of optimism, sources say that Telangana may not benefit from it, if the indications are anything to go by.
APERC has, in the recent past, sent back the PPA for the Krishnapatnam project, with remarks that, the power of adjudication lay with the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, as it was to be an inter-state project.
The PPA will have to be presented afresh for the CERC’s consideration, which the AP government may not do, going by the recent escalation of tensions between the two states, says K. Raghu, the Coordinator of the TEEJAC. The discoms albeit have a minority stake in the special purpose vehicle APPDCL under which the project functions, but the company may resolve to merely pay dividends instead of the power allotments, he says.
When sought his version, the CMD of APGENCO, K.Vijayanand said they were seeking legal opinion to determine further action.
The 600-MW Bhupalpally power project may not be commissioned as scheduled by next summer, official sources said. The earliest date by which it will start functioning could be in August next year.
As of now, about 900 MW power is being provided by the short-term generators, the agreements with whom would end by May next year. Very few short/medium term agreements have been signed afresh so far.
Scope of obtaining power from outside the State has slimmed down, as Tamil Nadu has already laid its claim over the grid corridor.
The Srisailam Left Bank Powerhouse alone could redeem the situation to some extent through its reverse pumping mechanism, which can be operated during peak hours, officials informed. Power from Thermal Powertech Corporation in Nellore and Hinduja National Power Corporation in Vizag may be other sources if the projects are commissioned as planned.

Telangana power requirement as of now: 6,300 MW
Projected power requirement for summer: over 7,000 MW
Power available as of now: 5,100 MW
Load reliefs & Power holidays: 1,200 MW




http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...in-telangana/article6462424.ece?homepage=true
 

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Brace Up for more power outages

City May See Six Hours Of Load-Shedding After Bakrid

With rising day temperatures and increase in demand for power from the farm sector, Telangana has been reeling under severe energy crisis for the past one week. With no alternative in sight, the government is considering increasing the duration of power cuts, both in the city and the rest of the state, to ensure at least five hours of uninterrupted power to farmers. Energy department officials, who have been reviewing the situation daily , have decided to increase power cuts after Bakrid (Monday).The existing four hours of load-shedding in Greater Hyderabad may be increased to six hours while in district and mandal headquarters, the outages will in the range of eight to 10 hours from the existing five to eight hours.
Officials said increase in power cuts was inevitable in the current scenario and a decision was on the cards last week itself but was postponed due to holidays till Bakrid. Transco sources said the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) was being allocated about 3,800 MW of power against the demand of 4,500 MW per day . The slump in demand from the commercial sector on account of the festival holidays is expected to be reversed starting Tuesday .
“We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis.The state government would take a decision on further power cuts soon,“ TSSPDCL director (operations) A Nagendra told TOI on Saturday .
The Northern Power Distribution Company of Telangana is also facing a similar crisis. The Discom is receiving only 1,800 MW of power against the demand of 2,300 MW per day . These two discoms in Telangana cover five districts each. With the huge gap between demand and supply, people across the state are being forced to endure long power outages. As of now, district headquarters are subjected to five hours of power cuts, towns and municipalities six hours and mandal headquarters eight hours a day. However, unofficially, these cuts run into 10 to 12 hours a day.
“There is no power supply in our village during the day except for a couple of hours. This two to three hours supply is also unscheduled,” N Venkata Rajam, a resident of Dontapur village in Karimnagar district told TOI. Ramalingamurthy, a resident of Hyderabad, who is on a visit to Jagityal in the same district, said that the town was experiencing up to 12 hours of power cuts everyday.
Meanwhile, farmers have been demanding that they be given at least seven hours of uninterrupted power to irrigate their crops. As of now, they are being supplied power for five hours by dividing the timings into A,B,C and D categories in each district. Power to agriculture is being supplied from 2 am to 7 am, 7 am to 12 noon, 12 noon to 5 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm. In addition to the inconvenience of irrigating crops in the middle of the night, the farmers also need to keep track of the changing supply schedules every week.
Officials said the power crisis may continue till October third week as the harvesting of crops is expected to begin in the second week of October.
“Power demand in the Northern Discom limits has gone up to about 43 million units per day from 41 million units a couple of days ago.
There is a rise in the demand due to soaring day temperatures. The only silver lining for the Discom is the availability of about 200 MW meant for the Devadula Lift Irrigation Scheme which is not in operation right now,” K Venkata Narayana, chairman and managing director of Northern Power Distribution Company, Telangana, told STOI.
Meanwhile, the Telangana government has decided to purchase 2,000 MW to tide over the crisis. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has given his nod for calling bids for purchase of power on a long-term basis.
Don't know from where government is going to purchase 2000 MW..already KA and TN are reeling under power crisis and they threw their hats to buy power [2000 MW each]...with proper lines KA is receiving only 600MW of 2000 MW..[ both bengaluru and chennai are having 0 to 2hrs power cuts currently]..now one can imagine situation of telangana ..with no proper lines of 2000 MW we may not even get 300MW..forget about more share in central allocation..our government was late and both TN,KA already requested for more allocation..Situation is really grim..2015's summer is going to be worst summer in my life..I am expecting around 6-8 hrs powercuts for city..12-14 hrs for mandals ..and 20 hrs for villages..

Well one cant blame government too..even though they might be claiming in next three years they are going tide over this crisis..that is a rather over optimistic estimate..conservative estimate is somewhere around 6 to 7 years..Apart from buying and construction of new projects..TG government must actually look to curb distribution and transmission losses..on which currently its neighbouring state is focusing on..Eluru emerged as a model town of this country by curbing those losses..TG must replicate this by selecting some small towns like karimnagar/nalgonda..

and another way is encouraging farmers to grow millets...a traditional crop of drought prone telangana and rayalaseema..instead of water and power intensive cultivation[rice]...ground water levels are decreasing because of this borewell rice cultivation..and most of the dams proposed/functioning are power intensive lift irrigation projects...all these for growing rice..rice is predominantly grown in delta regions of country and not in arid and semi arid areas..
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Blame must go to governments..because they are those who distribute rice and wheat for cheap prices and ignored millets[ which are now costly for poor comparing to Rs 2 rice..well read somewhere that KCR is contemplating about free rice].. poor are now even suffering diabetes because of this consumption of white rice...many poor children eating white rice[ instead of traditional ragi and jowar] in mid day meals are suffering from anemia....
Governments must design programs region specific than pan india/state specific..like rice must be given[PDS/ mid day meals] for Coastal AP,delta TN and KA , WestBengal ...the same way ragi/jowars for TG, North KA,TN,Kerala,MP,UP,RJ etc... this will solve half of the problems of india..

Oops I am going far...but isn't india's problems and solutions are chained..
 

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Hmm..article in today's hindu echoing my feelings..here are some excerpts..news wise it is not related to telangana..but problem wise it is..

“ We subsisted on the forest before; now we have nothing to eat,” said one woman. “We ate what we gathered in the forest; certain leaves, beans, raw banana, roots and tubers, and ragi (finger millet). Do we get these things today? Watching the yellow rice these children eat today, I wonder how they can ever be healthy.” Changing cultivation practices have also taken their toll. “We eat food that is grown with chemical fertiliser that causes many illnesses; we constantly run to the hospital.”

Old people also recalled lost traditions of sharing cultivation and food. “We were happy then. A kilo of ragi planted on an acre of land would yield a quintal of produce. We only used natural fertiliser like compost. No one was a labourer then; we cultivated together. We never stored rice, corn and millets in sacks. Six to seven quintals were stored for use in large bamboo baskets and the rest was lowered into a pit in the ground, smoothened with clay, in front of our house. We never sold it. Whenever someone was in need, we would open the baskets and give them what they needed. This was life. The haves shared with the have-nots.” Another person added: “If I have something, it belongs to me; there was no such concept in those times.”
http://www.thehindu.com/features/ma...in-attappady/article6471022.ece?homepage=true
 

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Telangana and BHEL sign MoU for power generation

Here are few excerpts

Cancellation of coal block allocations as ordered by the Supreme Court very recently, has come as a blessing in disguise for the power-starved Telangana State, as it is set to save one year from the duration required for erection of new plants by BHEL[ 6000 MW] in the newly-formed State.

Due to cancellation of coal block allocations by the Supreme Court, material meant for other projects is lying idle with us. We will use them for four units of 270 MW in Manuguru, thus saving one year from the project duration,” Chairman and MD of BHEL B. Prasad Rao said.

Imported coalAbout 4,000 MW of the agreed capacity will be set up in Manuguru of Khammam district, and the rest is tentatively planned for Ramagundam in Karimnagar district. Land for all the projects will be provided by the Telangana government. Imported coal will be used to light up all the units.
BHEL has the necessary expertise and already executed thermal power projects in Bhupalapally, Singareni Collieries and Kothagudem, the performance of which was stated to be above the national average of the plant load factor.


http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...r-generation/article6471655.ece?homepage=true
 

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