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The revival and upgradation of the first thermal power station of the Ramagundam coal belt region, TSGENCO ‘Ramagundam B’ thermal power station (62.5 MW), which is on the verge of closure following the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) recommendation of retirement due to age, has once again come to the fore.
The integrated Karimnagar District Congress Committee is planning to launch agitation from February 12 onwards. Ramagundam Congress leader Makhan Singh Thakur, who is spearheading the movement, said that the Congress leaders, including former Minister D. Sridhar Babu, Jagtial legislator T. Jeevan Reddy, DCC president K. Mruthyunjayam and others, would participate in the one-day maha dharna on February 12.
Later, Mr. Singh said that he would declare fast unto death, demanding the revival of the first thermal power project of the Ramagundam region. He said the Congress government, in 2013, had planned to upgrade the Ramagundam B thermal power station to 1300 MWs capacity and allocated Rs. 7,300 crore in the budget. But, due to the change of guard in the government, the revival had remained a distant dream.
Reminding that the local TRS leaders had staged a massive dharna demanding the upgradation of Ramagundam B thermal power station when in Opposition, he asked why the TRS leaders had remained silent on the issue after attaining power. He said that Ramagundam would lose its sheen if the B thermal power station closed down following the recommendations of CEA, causing subsequent displacement of direct and indirect employment. He also claimed that the power station was producing power at more than 95 % plant load factor, in spite of being an old plant.
It may be recalled that the erstwhile Nizam government had begun the power generation in Ramagundam coal belt by starting ‘A’ thermal power station in 1946, with 37.5 MW capacity, using the locally available coal and the water from Godavari. The Ramagundam A power station continued power generation till 1984 and was later closed for various reasons.
The then government had launched the Ramagundam B thermal power station in 1965, while power generation started in 1971. On several occasions, the government planned to expand the B thermal power station, but in vain.
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