In order to overhaul the entire electricity distribution in the state, the government has envisaged Rs1,500 crore plan, in which new 249 sub-stations will be installed.
On Friday, in its budget, the state allocated Rs301 crore for the plan. It also proposed concessions in power rates for industries in Vidarbha and Marathwada for industrial growth.
Electricity losses during distribution have increased in past few years. In 2013-14, it was 14% but it was increased to 15.77% in 2015-16. It demands improvement in the distribution system.
Improvement in the transmission and distribution network infrastructure has been undertaken, which involved measures like modernisation of substations, replacement of faulty meters, load-reduction along with anti-theft drive. Incidentally, the transmission losses in 2013-14 stood at 4.08%, which has come down to 3.95% in 2015-16.
The state’s power generation company has capacity of generation of 12077 megawatt (MW) (8640 MW thermal, 2585 hydro-electric MW, 672 MW gas-based and 180 MW solar-based). The state has allocated Rs784 crore for electricity generation for 2016-17.
In order to attract industrial growth in the state’s backward areas of Vidarbha and Marathwada, the state government has proposed cheaper power rates for industries in these areas. In this year’s budget, it has proposed Rs1,000 crore annually for the plan. The state government has backed the decision, citing poor development in Vidarbha though it is rich in minerals and natural resources. It said that the Marathwada region also was lagged behind in industrial development. The government’s move is one of the sops to showcase these areas especially Vidarbha most attractive destination for industries. t also allocated Rs4,462 crore for subsidizing energy tariff for agriculture, power loom, industrial and commercial consumers across the state.
The state government has proposed a policy to promote electricity generation through new and renewal energy sources (non-conventional energy), for which it has proposed Rs456 crore for year 2016-2017.