Andhra Pradesh is facing a power crisis: on August 20, the state ran a deficit of 67 million units and the government has announced indefinite power cuts to industry, blaming shortage of generation

The recent Presidential directive that makes it mandatory for Coal India Ltd to enter into fuel supply agreements (FSAs) with new power plants seems all set to address their concerns.

But it is doubtful whether any available stocks will be given to the old power plants, particularly in the public sector, which are struggling to run their units due to dwindling supplies from Coal India.

Andhra Pradesh is on the verge of a near-complete power blackout. The thermal power stations are reeling under a severe shortage of coal supply and hydel power generation is yet to pick up due to poor rainfall. To make matters worse, workers at the Singareni Collieries Company Limited are set to go on strike from August 1.

March 18: The power-starved state is all set to get additional 500 Mega Watt electricity from the Vijayawada thermal station by this month end.
This would ease the power supply situation to a large extent as nearly 12 million units of electricity are being added to the system, which has been stretched to the limits in recent months.

Vijayawada, July 1: India's first power plant using IGCC (integrated gasification combined cycle) technology is being constructed at Vijayawada thermal power station. Setting the stone for this 125 megawatt (MW) capacity power plant, the Union minister of state for commerce and power, Mr Jairam Ramesh here on Tuesday said the project has major implications for India's energy strategy that has to take seriously the international concerns on global warming arising out of increasing use of coal.

Q&A/ M Ramachandran The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) may have failed to charm the Delhi commuter, but it is working well in many cities around the world. About Rs 3,500 crore have been committed from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for its introduction in another 8-10 Indian cities. Urban Development Secretary M Ramachandran discusses the system with Anjuli Bhargava and the steps necessary to make it work: Which cities are suited to an MRTS and which ones to a BRTS?

Expects to commission another 500 MW unit later this year.
Easing demand-supply
The project was executed in partnership with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd

This plant will add about 3,500 million units a year