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24x7 power supply in UP by 2018: UP CM

“Efforts to improve the power scenario would not be done in select districts but in all districts of UP. By 2018, 24x7 power supply would become a reality in the state,” said Chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

lucknow Updated: Jun 04, 2017 17:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Lucknow, Hindustan Times
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Yogi Adityanath distributing free LED lights to a consumer.(Sheeraz Rizvi/HT Photo)

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday promised 24x7 power supply in the state by 2018.

He made the promise after inaugurating 14 newly-constructed substations of varying capacities at a function organized at North Central Zone Cultural Center (NCZCC) here.

The substations, with capacities of 400 KV, 132 KV and 33 KV, were constructed at a cost of Rs 936 crore.

The CM said when he took over his new responsibility it was a challenge to address the power issue in the state.

NEW INITIATIVES
  • Consumers exempted from transaction charge on e-payment of power dues in state. Government to bear the expected Rs 3.5 crore cost on exemption.
  • Introducing trust billing concept, government okays generation of power bills, post meter reading, by consumers themselves.
  • Prepaid meters to be installed to allow consumers to make e-payments and recharge online through tokens for power consumption.
  • Two lakh LED bulbs, 20,000 LED tube lights and 2000 power efficient fans to be distributed in Allahabad division in one week.

“Efforts to improve the power scenario would not be done in select districts but in all districts of UP. In Banda, Chitrakoot and surrounding districts electricity was a real problem, especially low voltage issue in rural areas, but now the situation has improved and by 2018, 24x7 power supply would become a reality in the state,” he said.

He sought public support for the government’s efforts to make cashless billing a reality. “UP will have prepaid meters soon which could be recharged online. The Prime Minister has laid stress on cashless transactions and UP government is following the same. This will curb bribe in power billing system,” he said.

Read more:UP govt, Centre ink pact for 24x7 power supply in the state

Minister of power Shrikant Sharma said efforts were being made to provide round-the-clock power. Taking a dig at the previous government, Sharma said “This is Yogi government. What is promised is fulfilled. Power crisis is an old problem in UP. Under Ujala scheme’s ‘Power for All’ agenda, LED lights were being distributed to consumers for saving energy besides, to check pilferage, proper electricity connection to every house was being ensured,” he said.

Also present on the occasion were BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta, cabinet minister Nand Gopal Gupta, power minister Swatantra Dev Singh, chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, principal secretary (power) Alok Kumar, managing director of UPPCL Vishal Chauhan, etc.

First Published: Jun 04, 2017 17:05 IST