States target complete rural electrification by March 2017
Kochi: Power ministers of all states and Union territories on Saturday unanimously decided to ensure electrification of all the un-electrified villages by 31 March 2017 under the centre’s ambitious Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY).
The two-day conference of ministers of power, new and renewable energy and mines from states and UTs, which ended here on Saturday, also resolved to work in mission mode to complete the activities in the roll out plan for achieving the 24x7 Power For All by 2019 or earliest. It was decided that the states whose plan documents on Power For All have not been prepared should get it expedited with the help of consultants and central team members so that all these documents are completed by 31 December this year.
The conference was chaired by power minister Piyush Goyal.
States also resolved to ensure expeditious implementation of Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) projects by implementing them within 30 months from date of sanction. They have also resolved to achieve 15% aggregate technical and commercial losses (AT&C) at national level by 2019-20.
A state-level mission will be established to plan smart grid activities in states.
States resolved to set targets for replacing all existing conventional street lights and incandescent bulbs with LED by 2019. Nine states—Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana—have decided to replace 10% of existing agricultural water pumps with energy efficient pumps, including solar, within one year.
States agreed to set up solar parks as per stipulated schedule and to mandate installation of solar roof tops on government buildings.
States rich in wind resource agreed to put in place a mechanism for forecasting and scheduling of wind power by 1 January.
In his concluding remarks, Goyal urged states to take steps to clear dues of power generation companies by March 2016 so that next fiscal year can be started on a clean slate. The minister urged states to stand by their commitments in additional allocation of power and renewable energy. PTI