‘No word from A.P. on power purchase’

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Energy Minister G. Jagadish Reddy has charged the Andhra Pradesh government with playing hide and seek with Telangana over sale of power to the latter.

The Telangana government had floated a tender sometime ago for purchase of 300 MW, for which AP had quoted Rs. 5.30 a unit. Since private generators offered to sell at only Rs. 4.63 a unit, Telangana decided to award the contract to AP, but it went back to Rs. 4.62 a unit. However, there was no word from the AP government after that, Mr. Reddy told a press conference here on Wednesday.

Mr. Reddy said the Telangana generation corporation was currently meeting a demand of 5,200 MW, which included purchases to the tune of 1,500 MW. He discussed how the peak demand for power dropped from 7,194 MW on April 4 to 1,800 MW on May 6 due to rains.