Hyderabad: Former AP State Electricity Board (APSEB) chairman K Balarama Reddy passed away at his residence here on Tuesday. Balarama Reddy was 91.
Hailing from Nellore district, Balarama Reddy had immensely contributed to the power sector in undivided Andhra Pradesh. He was instrumental in introducing and implementing reforms in the power sector. He started his career as engineer in APSEB in 1953 and was chairman of APSEB between 1992 and 1995.
He served APSEB for 42 years of which 7 years were on deputation with Central Electricity Authority (CEA). As Chairman of APSEB, he carried out negotiations with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for private power projects in AP.
He was a Member of the High Level Committee appointed by the then AP government to prepare guidelines for restructuring and privatisation of power sector and power tariff.
He also rendered assistance to Electricity Regulatory Commissions of various States including Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Telangana, Karnataka, Gujarat, Nagaland, Delhi, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. He was working as senior consultant in ASCI on power from 1995 to till date.
Institution of Engineers (India) Andhra Chapter, felicitated him with Bharat Ratna Visweswaraiah award in 1988. He also received CBI&P Diamond Jubilee award in 1991 for expertise in EHV Transmission, Power System management and HVDC power system development in the country.
His funeral will be held at the Mahaprasthanam crematorium in Jubilee Hills on Thursday, according to family sources.