Several proposals to set up windmills remain in cold storage

Non-conventional or renewable energy projects, which have become the topic of discussion these days following the acute crisis faced by the power sector, have not come up to the desired level in the State despite their vast potential. The State is by far an underperformer when it comes to tapping the renewable energy when compared to neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This, according to experts, was primarily due to absence of foresight to exploit these sources for supplementing the power generation in the event of shortages.

Andhra Pradesh is not likely to get any water for its projects based on the Krishna river or its basin unless and until Maharashtra and Karnataka receive a quantity of 203.8 tmcft to fill theirs own projects first to combat semi-drought conditions reportedly prevailing there also.

Sources said Karnataka and Maharashtra Governments too are hard- pressed to store as much as water as possible in their projects for irrigation and drinking water supply as several districts are suffering from rainfall deficit. Alamatti and Narayanpur dams in Karnataka have 34.65 tmcft of water now but all of it lies below dead storage level.

ALTHOUGH the mighty Godavari river passes through the Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh, it remains parched much of the year.