Here is some great news for the new greenfield capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati. The capital will not have any shortage of power whatsoever. Central Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said, “I can assure that at no point of time, the new capital of Amaravati will have any shortage of transmission capacity,” during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.

Responding to a supplementary raised by TDP leader CM Ramesh on status of pending green projects in the state, the Minister said Andhra Pradesh is the first state to take up green energy corridor and solar power park concepts. Almost 1,500 MW transmission has been set up in and around Ananthapur and 250 MW has already been commissioned. The second phase of 750 MW transmission would be ready by March 2017 and 500 MW will be ready by September 2017, thereby making this a vibrant solar power park.

The Andhra Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (APTRANSCO) has a proposal for a transmission network of 3,830 MVA capacity around the capital city to meet the required power demands.

“For other solar parks, the state government is in synergy with the Ministry of Renewable Energy for adequate land which will help us implement the solar parks. Whenever land is available, we will again plan the transmission infrastructure and the centre cannot plan transmission in advance,” said Mr. Goyal.