Gujarat proposes to sell surplus power to Railways

Saurabh Patel said he held a meeting with Suresh Prabhu and discussed the prospect of Gujarat selling surplus power to the Indian Railways.

By: PTI | Vadodara | Updated: July 27, 2016 4:44 pm
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Gujarat Finance Minister Saurabh Patel on July 27 said he held a discussion with Union minister Suresh Prabhu over the state government’s prospect of selling surplus power to the Indian Railways.

Patel said he held a meeting with Prabhu in New Delhi on July 26 and discussed the prospect of Gujarat selling surplus power to the Indian Railways, which has been buying electricity from private firms beside state-run electricity boards of several states to meet its demand.

“We discussed that Gujarat can offer its surplus power to the Railways. The meeting was positive as Prabhu has asked Railway officials to discuss the offer with the state government officials. Several power plants in Gujarat are staring closure due to lack of demand,” Patel told PTI.

“If this offer gets materialised, it will be a win-win situation for both Railway and the government. It can save the railway crores of rupees,” he said.

Notably, Indian Railways also has a plan to procure 440 MW of power for the western region, 350 MW for eastern and 220 MW for northern region.

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