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State losing Rs 1,000 crore per year as power plants remain idle: Energy minister

State Energy Minister Saurabh Patel Friday said Gujarat was losing Rs 1,000 crore per year as 5,000-MW capacity gas-based power plants remains idle due to the unavailability of gas

State Energy Minister Saurabh Patel Friday said Gujarat was losing Rs 1,000 crore per year as 5,000-MW capacity gas-based power plants remains idle due to the unavailability of gas,even as lack of proper infrastructure to distribute electricity to other states keep nearly a third of total power generation capacity in the state unused.

“We have a 5,000-MW gas-based power plants in the state that remains unused,which is among 15,000-MW power generating units all over country that remains closed due to problem in availability of gas. The state is losing Rs 1,000-crore per year,” Patel said at an event organised by the Baroda Management Association (BMA) here Friday.

Patel blamed Centre’s “policy paralysis” for the loss,even as he exhorted the Centre to create transmission line between southern and western states.

“States in south are willing to buy power from Gujarat but there is no connectivity line which means we are not able to use surplus capacity,” he said.

Patel said the state was trying to work out the surplus even as out of 18.500 MW generation capacity,only 10,500 MW was being used. “We are hopeful that demand will grow once DMRC comes up. Then state consumers will be at an advantage compared to Indian counterpart,” he said.