Hry to invest R 2,000 cr in beefing up power network
Determined to provide quality and reliable power supply to consumers on a sustained basis, the Haryana government has firmed up plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore in beefing up and improving power transmission and distribution network in state.
Stating this here today, an official spokesman said, on an average, 1,068 lakh units of power was supplied everyday to consumers in state during the current financial year against 578 lakh units in 2004-05.
On generation front, while only 724.4 MW-capacity was added between 1999 and 2005, during the eight years of the present government, the capacity had been augmented by 3,712.80 MW. This was besides some long-term arrangements for procuring power from outside the state, he said.
He said, "Power having emerged as the cornerstone of prosperity, progress and development, the state government, led by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, is making all-out efforts to step-up power generation and strengthen transmission and distribution system."
He said in order to assist the beleaguered power distribution companies the state government had given in-principle concurrence to joining the Central government's scheme for Financial Restructuring of Distribution Power Utilities.
Under the scheme, the state government would take over the entire short-term and long-term liabilities of power discoms in the next three years. This would enable discoms to claim assistance from the Central government, subject to committed reduction in the aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses, he added.
The spokesman added that the scheme would also facilitate financial institutions to provide working capital loans to these utilities. A sum of Rs 5,253.97 crore had been allocated for the power sector, which included Rs 965.09 crore on plan side and Rs 4,267.88 crore on the non-plan side.
He said during the past eight years, 340 new substations had been constructed; capacity of 574 substations augmented; and 4,994 km length of new transmission lines laid and added that Rs 1,800 crore was being spent for upgrading 37 transmission networks in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
He said during the current financial year (up to December 2012), as many as 13,487 tube well connections had been released and 5,513 tube well connections would be released by March 31, 2013. Out of 2.36 lakh families living below poverty line, 1,94,442 had been covered under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana.
A special campaign was launched on January 1, 2013 to expand and strengthen the distribution network in villages, wards, and sectors at the cost of Rs 500 crore. For the current financial year, he said, the state government had provided Rs 5,129.13 crore for subsidising power consumption by farmers for operating agricultural pump sets.
A sum of Rs 4,260.25 crore had been allocated for the purpose in 2013-14, he added.