Refuting the charge that the Union government is neglecting Telangana, Union minister of state for labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya has said that the Centre is committed to providing Rs 41,000 crore for development of the power sector in the state and has already disbursed Rs 11,300 crore. He said this at a meeting with officials of various public sector power utilities companies here on Friday held to take stock of the power generation and transmission in the state.
"The Centre is closely monitoring the laying of Wardha-Nizamabad-Maheshwaram (Hyderabad) double circuit transmission corridor which will enable Telangana to receive power from Chhattisgarh. The project, aimed at providing an additional 2,000 MW of power to Telangana, will be completed by May 2018. The Centre has also agreed to give a loan of Rs 16,000 crore through Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) for the Yadadri power plant," he said after the meeting.
Stating that the Centre was committed to providing uninterrupted power supply to every household in the state, Dattatreya said the Centre was ready to chip in to help the state power distribution companies (Discoms), which were reeling under losses, and provide all possible support for the NTPC power plant.
He called upon the Telangana government to join hands with Centre to ensure 24x7 power supply to all households and agricultural farms. He wanted Telangana to join Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) which aims to reduce the losses of Discoms.
"I do not want to do politicking on the power situation in Telangana. As promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we want to ensure that every household in Telangana gets uninterrupted power supply. For this, the TS government should come forward and become part of UDAY."
Dattatreya said the Centre supplied LED bulbs to more than 4.5 lakh households in Telangana as part of the energy efficiency measures.
"Providing LED street lights in all municipalities and popularising energy-efficient agricultural water pump sets will be our priority.
We have allocated Rs 450 crore for 500 MW solar power generation in Telangana. Under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Rs 15 crore was provided to 15 villages to provide electricity to BPL families," Dattatreya said.
Source- Indian Express