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CM KCR asks power utilities to get ready for heavy demand

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday said power distribution and supply networks would be strengthened further to meet the energy needs of the State that was expected to go up substantially once the ongoing lift irrigation schemes and Mission Bhagiratha were commissioned.

Reviewing the power situation with the heads of power utilities and senior officials at Pragati Bhavan, he said the additional demand to be met by the power utilities would be to the tune of 10,000 to 12,000 MW once the lift irrigation schemes under construction start pumping water to meet the irrigation and drinking water needs. Major schemes such as Kaleshwaram, Devadula, Sitarama and minor lift irrigation schemes such as Gudem and Sripada Yellampally on Godavari were coming up fast. In addition to this, lift irrigation schemes like Dindi, Palamuru-Rangareddy were also coming up on Krishna, he said, adding that additional power was required for 1,300 pump sets that will become operational once Mission Bhagiratha is completed.

The Chief Minister acknowledged that the remarkable turnaround in the power sector that made possible round-the-clock uninterrupted supply of quality power to all categories of consumers was due to the dedicated efforts of power sector employees. The staff of power utilities had extended remarkable services and helped in pulling the State out of power crisis, he said.

The Chief Minister wanted the power utilities to get ready with estimates on likely surge in demand with the completion of lift irrigation schemes as also new industrial units that were coming up. “Based on these, estimates should be prepared on the demand for power supply,” he said.

The State has to provide uninterrupted power to about 23 lakh agriculture pump sets from January 1, 2018. “There are unauthorised pump sets too. There will be more demand for pump sets during summer, and it is important and prestigious for the government to supply 24-hour power supply,” he observed.

The Chief Minister wanted power supply to be split into five categories – agriculture, lift irrigation-Mission Bhagiratha, commercial, domestic and industrial. “Treat these categories individually and prepare estimates on what would be the demand for each category. There will be substantial increase in demand in all the five categories. Along with growth in commercial and domestic categories, there will be a lot of increase in demand for agriculture and lift irrigation schemes,” he said.

“Several economists believe that it is not good to extend more subsidy on power to the farming sector. But I do not agree with them. To give 24-hour free power supply to the farm sector, the subsidy component has increased from Rs 4,777 crore to Rs 5,400 crore. If need be, we are ready to give another Rs 500 crore. The government is also bearing Rs 10,000 crore required for lift irrigation schemes. With the subsidies given to farmers, agriculture produce worth lakhs of crores will be generated, which in turn will change the farmers’ condition and will also help the GDP,” Chandrashekhar Rao said.

The Chief Minister interacted with the CEs abd SEs directly on the existing demand and supply district-wise, the demand and supply in future and other related matters. The officials told the Chief Minister that they are keeping rolling stock of transformers in all the old district headquarters and every substation had a transformer. Whenever a transformer breaks down, it is replaced within 24 hours, they said.

The staff and employees of power utilities are working day and night to give uninterrupted power supply in the State, Prabhakar Rao, CMD of Transco said. “Our employees are working without having proper sleep to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the State.” he said, adding that the employees derived satisfaction from the fact that they worked under Chandrashekhar Rao’s leadership during the Telangana Statehood movement and could realise the dream.

Thanking the staff of power utilities, the Chief Minister said: “We were very backward in the power sector when the State was formed. Now we are giving 24-hour power supply to all the sectors and from January 1, farmers will get 24-hour power supply. This is not a simple matter but a great victory. I congratulate all the electricity employees, staff and workers. The government will stand by you and will be liberal in giving you promotions.”

“We were very backward in the power sector when the State was formed. Now we are giving 24-hour power supply to all the sectors and from January 1, farmers will get 24-hour power supply. This is not a simple matter but a great victory. I congratulate all the electricity employees, staff and workers” K Chandrashekhar Rao, Chief Minister

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