Over 300 MW of additional power should be available to Kerala with the commissioning of a new 1,000-MW capacity transmission line between Aurangabad and Solapur within a week, Union Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal has said.
He was speaking to reporters after the inauguration of a two-day meeting of Power Ministers from different States on 06-11-2015.
Of the 1,000 MW, Tamil Nadu will get 693 MW, he said and pointed out that south India had traditionally been power-starved and that the new transmission line would go a long way in solving the problem.
Mr. Goyal said that another transmission line with 700-MW capacity was commissioned in September.
The total transmission capacity addition since the Narendra Modi government came to power stood at 7,000 MW.
He said his Ministry's effort was to bring down the cost of power and to make affordable electricity available to all on a 24x7 basis.
The Minister said the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), unveiled on Thursday, had been well received by the States.
The States had been given freedom to draw up their roadmap for the future. A detailed presentation on UDAY would be held in Mumbai on Monday where stakeholders would be able to interact with the Ministry, he said. The Minister said that UDAY was aimed at wiping out the losses of distribution companies (discoms) by 2019.
The target for renewable energy, set for six years, could be achieved in four-and-a-half years. The target was to achieve an installed capacity of 100 GW by 2022 but it could be a reality by 2020. Ministers from 15 States and Delhi are attending the meeting. The agenda for the two-day meet includes preparation of State-specific documents for 24x7 power for all, electrification of the un-electrified villages in the country, expeditious implementation of the Deendayal Upadhyay Grameen Jyoti Yojana, and implementation of the Integrated Power Development Schemes.
Source- The Hindu