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Andhra Pradesh CM directs to step up and maximise hydro power

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AP CMThe AP Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directed the irrigation and Energy department to step up and maximise hydro power in the State. The Energy department officials said that hydro power generation has vastly increased thanks to the copious rains in some parts of the State. The Chief Minister had a detailed review of latest issues of Power Sector with top officials at Secretariat. The Chief Minister wanted the irrigation and energy department to give wide publicity to the details of inflow into the reservoirs and about the hydro power generation etc. so that people will get to know about this on a day-to-day basis. The Chief Minister also asked the officials to take steps to cope up with the energy demands well in advance particularly in the coming summer months when the demands from the agriculture sector will also be at its peak coinciding with examination time for students. He wanted the officials to tie-up for power purchases anticipating shortages in the summer months. Principal Secretary, Energy, Dinesh Kumar, Principal Secretary, Finance, V Bhasker, CMD, AP Transco, Ajay Jain, MD, AP Genco, K Vijayanand, Joint MD, AP Transco, K Ranganadham, MD, NEDCAP, Chandan Mitra, Member-Secretary, Energy Coordination Cell, Chandrasekhara Reddy and other officials attended themeting.

The Chief Minister wanted that farmers, students and domestic sector should not be put to any kind of difficulties and advance measures should be taken to meet the peak power demands. He also wanted the wind energy generation to be stepped up to its capacity of 1500 mw and there is a huge scope to install wind power plants in the State. He said a policy should be worked out for power purchase since we are giving a lot of concession to the thermal power projects and it should be beneficial to the State Government. The Chief Minister directed the officials to see that Transmission and distribution losses to be cut to the minimum possible since it "one unit saved is one unit generated".

He wanted meters to be installed at all transformers and substations and this should be taken as a pilot project and completed at some of the districts like Chittoor, Kadapa etc where it was already taken up. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said while the State Government is determined to continue free power supply to the agriculture sector in spite of heavy subsidies since it helps the farmers, there should not be any wastage, pilferage and transmission losses. There should be accountability and transparency in the power supply to farmers. The Chief Minister also wanted that details regarding free power supply to farmers including the schedule and timings should be put on the website. There also should be CALL CENTRE like arrangement so that the farmers can call and inform about the transformer burning etc. The power officials and linemen should immediately attend to the complaints. While so much crores are being spent on this, we should also make it transparent and all complaints should be attended to immediately so that the Energy department can keep its credibility. He wanted GPS system also to be introduced to the vehicles of the sub-stations which changes the faulty transformers. The Chief Minister would take up the issue of coal like long-term linkage to the thermal plants in the State with Union Minister for coal, Mr Jaiswal and also supply of gas to power projects with the Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Jaipal Reddy during his forthcoming visit to Delhi. Agricultural Supply: There are 9438 number of 11kv feeders emanating from 33/11kv Substations which meet the agriculture demand. The daily data regarding supply is being obtained from the Operators manning the 33/11kV Substations and there is no regular check regarding the correctness of the data except when specific complaints are made. All Discoms have been instructed to download the data from the meters provided on the 11kV rural feeders once in a month and exceptional reports generated will be reviewed personally by CMDs/ Discoms and Directors/Operation. Action plan is being prepared by AP Discoms for installation of Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) facility whereby online data can be transferred from the feeders. This would be completed within a period of next 4 months. There are 29.46 lakh agricultural services existing in the State by end of August, 2011. 37646 agricultural services were released against the target of 1.5 Lakhs during 2011-12 up to August, 2011. R-APDRP--Make Accountable: The Chief Minister instructed the officials to complete the Restructured --Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) strictly by the stipulated schedule i.e. by February 2012. He has also asked to make responsible the agencies and the officials in case of delay in the completion of the programme as the loan sanctioned by the Government of India will not be converted as a grant if not completed by February, 2012. Replacement of Sick Distribution Transformers: There are a total of 8.37 lakh transformers in the State against which 33,483 transformers shall be maintained as a rolling stock. Only 24, 772 transformers are available in the rolling stock as on end of August, 2011. The problem is more acute in Medak, Mahabubnagar & Nalgonda districts of CPDCL and Nizamabad, Karimnagar & Warangal districts of NPDCL. Discoms have been instructed to keep sufficient rolling stock of transformers at the sub-division level and asked to replace the failed transformers using the utility vehicle already available with the concerned sub-division. Similarly, Discoms have been instructed to open additional Special Maintenance/ repair sheds at the division and sub-division level, so that healthy DTRs are available for timely replacement. Efforts are being made by APTransco and AP Discoms to get a universal number like 104 and 108. Till such time, the phone number of Load Monitoring Cell in the district which is working round the clock will be informed to public. In SPDCL and EPDCL, efforts would be made to streamline the entire system by 15th of September and in CPDCL and NPDCL by 15th of October. High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS): High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) for ensuing better quality of supply to Agricultural pumpsets is under implementation in the State. HVDS is already implemented for 6.89 lakh pumpsets at a cost of Rs.2204 crores out of a total of 29.50 lakh agricultural pumpsets existing in the State. A Project for a loan assistance of Rs.988 crores under Overseas Development Authority (ODA) package for implementation of HVDS in 16 districts for 2.43 lakh pumpsets has been sanctioned by Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). The Project implementation will commence by January, 2012. Rajiv Gandhi Grameen VidyutikaranYojana (RGGVY): Andhra Pradesh State is No.1 in the country in RGGVY in release of BPL services. The scheme validity is up to 30th June, 2011. At present there are no approved projects/schemes for electrification of left over rural/ BPL households, SC, ST & Weaker Section Colonies and Indiramma Colonies. Government of AP have requested Government of India for further continuation of RGGVY for electrification of leftover SC, ST, Weaker Section Colonies and BPL Services.

Source- Orissa Diary


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