Rama Krishna S
Telangana besieged with power problems has a success story to tell now. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s (KCR) foresight has made Telangana a successful state on the power front, said State Planning Board vice-chairman B Vinod Kumar. This foresight has made Telangana overcome power problems. A latest report released by the Niti Aayog headed by PM Narendra Modi has complimented that Telangana is the second best state in the country as far as power availability, pricing and reliability. Niti Aayog’s round 1 rankings put Kerala in No 1 slot, ahead of Telangana.
Vinod Kumar, in a media release issued on April 12, Tuesday, said that CM KCR has ensured that 24 hours quality power to every category of consumers in Telangana. Before formation of Telangana in 2014, the combined AP was known for power shortages, outages and poor quality of electricity. But, today, it is one of the best performing states in the country as far as power sector is concerned.
As per Niti Aayog report, Telangana stood second in India with 64.7 points on an index that included power supply, pricing and reliability. “This is possible only because of our CM KCR’s foresight, vision and efficient management of the sector,” said Vinod. The Niti Aayog report interestingly put Telangana much ahead of Gujarat, own state of PM Modi, on the power sector efficiency.
Gujarat scored only 40.1, twenty-seven points less than Telangana on the index.
Power problems solved
Vinod, two-term Lok Sabha MP, pointed out that how the united Andhra Pradesh’s last Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who belonged to the Andhra region, had ridiculed that Telangana would be an area of darkness, if the state was bifurcated as it did nopt have enough resources to generate and transmit power. “But, our CM (KCR) has shown to the entire country that Telangana is much more capable of becoming an advanced state in India today,” said Vinod. Telangana power problems solved forever.
If the total power generation capacity of Telangana in 2014-14 was 9,470 MW, it is 17,218 MW in 2020-21. The overall progress of Telangana – that includes the farmers, businessmen, industrialists, domestic consumers – was possible because of stellar performance of power sector in the last eight years, Vinod Kumar said. Thermal plants of the Singareini Coal Mines and those of Telangana Genco were declared the best power plants by the Niti Aayog’ s report.
KCR among best CMs
Vinod Kumar’s comments assume significance in view of CM KCR’s latest fight against the Modi-led Central government on the issue of paddy procurement in Telangana. He is fighting for “One Nation, One Procurement” policy. TRS leadership is keen on projecting KCR as one of the best performing CMs in India and his policies are commended by the national institutions and followed by many other states.
This Niti Aayog’s latest report proves their argument.