Gujarat powers up 3 Cong-ruled states

The biggest beneficiary of power generated in Gujarat has been three Congress-ruled states — Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

During the last one year (September 2012-July 2013), Gujarat sold 6,200 million units to 17 different states and power exchanges, stated the state Energy Minister Saurabh Patel in a written reply to a question by Congress MLA Joita Patel on Tuesday.

Of this, the biggest beneficiary has been power-starved Karnataka to which Gujarat sold 3,195 million units of power a rate of Rs 4.12 an unit.

Among the states, Maharashtra has been the second biggest beneficiary of Gujarat's power. Over 350 million units of power was supplied at a rate of Rs 4.07 per unit. Similarly, 101 million units of power was also supplied to Rajasthan (Rs 3.47 per unit) during the said period, the reply stated.

That's not all. Gujarat, that currently has 22,333 MW (mega watt) of installed power generation capacity, also supplied 19 million units to Delhi at a rate of Rs 4.27 per unit.

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