Hyderabad: Tearing into the opposition on their claims over the power scenario in the State, Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said on Friday that it was the vision of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao that transformed Telangana from a power-deficit State into a power surplus one.
When the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government came to power, the installed capacity for power generation in the State was 4,370 MW. The same had now reached 14,000 MW, he said.
The State government spent over Rs.12,000 crore for power generation and power supply in the State. New substations and power lines were established and all this was possible due to the leadership of the Chief Minister, he said while speaking at the inauguration of a water reservoir at LB Nagar here.
There were days, when managements of industries were forced to stage dharnas at Indira Park and residential apartments had to shell Rs.500 extra as maintenance charges for generators and inverters. Many small scale industries had to shut shop as well, he pointed out.
“Telangana is the only State in the country offering 24 hours of free power to farmers. With 3000 MW solar energy generation, Telangana now stands first in the country moving ahead of Gujarat,” the Minister said, asking whether the opposition was blind to this development.
He appealed to the opposition to desist from cheap politics and, instead, opt for constructive criticism.
“If the people are not happy with the government’s performance, they will teach it a lesson. Great leaders like Indira Gandhi and NTR were defeated,” he said. Unlike other parties, the TRS government did not have its headquarters in New Delhi.
“Our bosses are here in the galli (lanes) and we are answerable to people, not to an individual,” Rao said, adding that during the last three years, many crucial issues like power supply, water supply and others were addressed in a phased manner.
“A few issues require more time but all the problems will be addressed. People need to have some patience,” he said.
TRS corporator fined
A Telangana Rashtra Samithi corporator, a former corporator and another TRS leader have been fined after they put up banners and flex boards near a newly inaugurated indoor stadium at Moosarambagh.
The move comes after IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao, who inaugurated the stadium on Friday, took objection to the violation of rules.
The Minister immediately asked officials of the GHMC to levy a penalty of Rs.50,000 on corporator Sunaritha Reddy, Rs.25,000 on ex-corporator Mohd. Aslam and Rs.25,000 on TRS leader Srinivas.
The banners and flex boards were also taken down soon after by the GHMC. Corporator Sunaritha Reddy handed over a cheque of Rs.50,000 to the GHMC.