According to reports, Electricity Minister Aryadan Muhammad said load-shedding would be lifted once the rains begin in June and from then on 2013-14 fiscal would be generally free of any power curbs. The minister said that he could turn around KSEB in just two years. “However, this cannot be said of KSRTC, which will require more time to get out of the red,” Muhammad, who is also the transport minister, said.
During UDF’s second anniversary interaction with media on Wednesday, Muhammad also said the basis for his optimism was the 233 MW the state was expected to receive this year from Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, step up in solar power production and the first-ever Case-I Bidding for the next three years entered into by the KSEB with private traders for 400 MW. (Case- I bidding is advantageous to the state as the private bidder is solely responsible for securing the fuel. In this case, KSEB has managed to get 400 MW outside power for as low a price as Rs 4 per unit).
The roof-top solar project will be installed in 25,000 houses more during 2013-14, he said. However, he said the state’s demand had crossed 61-63 million units a day. “The water level in our reservoirs is good enough only to generate some 650 MW. However, the state’s annual requirement hovered between 3400-3500 MW. Of this, less than 2000 MW were being generated internally,” the minister said. Nonetheless, Kerala had imposed the lightest of power curbs in all of South India.