Launch a drive to energize the remaining private tubewells of farmers within this financial year
A request to end the compulsory B&L form for new power connection to be sent to the government
Complete electrification under all circumstances of all Lohia villages of 2012-13, 2013-14 by March 2015
Chief Minister does a threadbare review of the Power department
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has issued instructions to officials to improve power generation, transmission and distribution keeping in mind the needs of the future. Adding that the needs of the future be assimilated while planning and executing power projects, he also said the basic infrastructure in the power sector be strengthened and improved so as to ensure that the people of UP get 22 hour power supply in district headquarters and 16 hours power in the rural areas by 2016.
The chief minister said so while doing a threadbare review of the power department at his Shastri Bhawan office. He also asked officials to ensure energization of the 40,000 private tubewells of farmers by undertaking a drive in the current financial year so that from April 2015, with application forms, farmers get their tubewells energized. He also issued orders to make budgetary arrangements of Rs 160 crore under this head.
Reviewing the under-construction thermal power projects in the state, chief minister asked officials to expedite work on Anpara-D and to complete it under all circumstances by March 2015 so that production could start there. In the same manner, work on Bara and Lalitpur be completed by June 2015 by establishing better coordination with private investors. Other than this, work should also be expedited on the Meja power plant so that power could be generated from here by October 2016.
The chief minister also said that as per need the department should give a final shape to the procurement plan so that the targets set by the state government of power supply are met with and that for new power projects coordination with the union government with regards to environmental clearances and coal linkages be effectively established. Principal Secretary (Power) Mr. Sanjay Agarwal made a vivid and detailed presentation on the power supply plans from the year 2016-17 and apprised the chief minister that in the next three years the established power generation capacity in the state would be enhanced from 10,500 MW to 18,000 MW.
The Chief Minister also directed officials that work on the Harduaganj, Panki, Obra C, Ghatampur, Meja-2 and Karchana power projects be completed at all costs by 2021 so that people of the state get adequate power supply. He also stressed on the need to strengthen the transmission and distribution systems along with improvement in power generation. For this, he underlined, that according to proposal by September 2016, transmission capacity of 765 KV be increased from 2,000 to 14,000 MW, 400 KV transmission system be increased from 9200 to 27,950 MW and 220 KW transmission capacity be enhanced to 39,190 MW.
Mr. Yadav also said that under the transmission overhaul, work on the 69 power sub-stations be completed as early as possible. He also directed officials to improve the distribution system. Officials informed the chief minister that to meet the needs of strengthening the generation, transmission and distribution, a budget of RS 18,162 crore was required in the next three years. The chief minister directed the chief secretary to go through the proposal and do the needful.
Lauding the power department for giving 24 lakh new power connections by launching a drive in the months of July and August, the chief minister said they should now ensure that the new consumers got power meters installed at the earliest and its billing ensured. All consumers, especially in urban areas should be brought under the target of cent-percent billing and collection, the chief minister stressed.
Principal Secretary (Power) apprised the chief minister that the provision of B&L forms for domestic power consumers of the Light-Fan category had been dropped which led to a lot of benefit and requested the CM to order a complete cancellation for all times to come of this provision. The chief minister promptly issued instructions that the necessary formalities for the same be completed at the earliest and a formal request be sent to the government and get the desired orders.
Deliberating on the rural electrification, the chief minister said under the 11th Five Year Plan under the rural electrification scheme, electrification at a cost of Rs. 4,600 crore in 551 villages, 32,148 majra’s in 22 districts was being done. He asked officials of the powered department to complete the work in the financial year 2015-16. Mr. Yadav also asked officials to begin electrification in 1,40,000 majra’s in 64 districts at a cost of Rs 7,282 crore under the 12 Five Year Plan, as these works had been sanctioned. He also called for quality in all the work that was being undertaken.
The chief minister also said that modern technique should be used and remote monitoring and review be assimilated in the existing systems. He also urged the officials to maintain transparency with regards to projects at local level. Seeking use of information technology for power system and public convenience in urban areas, Mr. Yadav said such moves will involve the consumers. Department officials informed the chief minister that to improve the power situation in the urban areas, a programme of billing and providing information with regards to collection has been developed through a centralized data center and a network system under the RAPDRP in 168 towns.
Through uppclonlinc.com consumers in these towns and cities can deposit their electricity bills from the confines of their homes through cards/net banking. Eight lakh consumers have registered themselves in the system through their mobile numbers. The chief minister said the number of people using this facility was considerably low and said that this should be increased to at least 25 lakh consumers by December end 2014. The chief minister sought adequate and effective publicity of these mechanisms and said that the call centres of Madhyanchal, Poorvanchal, Paschimanchal and Dakshinanchal be also publicized well enough so that consumers are benefitted.
The chief minister was also informed that for better power supply in the tehsils, against 201 sub-stations of 33/11 kv have been energized as against 201 sub stations, to which the CM said the remaining 166 tehsils be covered at all costs by October 2014 and the rest 35 sub-stations be energized positively by March 2015. he also asked officials to ensure that connection transmission of these sub-stations be done as such that urban areas also get adequate power supply. HE also directed powermen to ensure that where the substations have been energized at tehsil level, power supply be given to rural areas for two hours from November.
The chief minister was apprised that under the part B of the RAPDRP, work was on to improve power situation in 167 towns and cities of which 155 are non-scada and 12 scada towns. Mr. Yadav while calling for fast tracking this, said that Rs 6300 crore has been earmarked for this work and its review need to be done on city to city basis. He said this work should be taken up in October and completed on fixed timelines. The chief minister also called for slashing of the line losses in rurban areas from present day 35% to 20%. He asked that SDO’s be tasked with bringing line losses in at least two feeders from October end and reduce it from 35 to 20%. He also warned officials against any laxity on this front.
With regards to transmission, the chief minister while reviewing asked for expediting work, especially on the Lalitpur-Agra, Allahabad-Mainpuri and Mainpuri-greater Noida with time-to-time review. He also ordered the complete electrification on quality basis of villages picked up under the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia samagra gram vikas yojana in the years 2012-13, and 2013- 14 by March 2015. During the meeting, principal secretary (Power) also informed the chief minister that in Power Corporations as per set norms 2000 posts have been created though the number of power lines, sub-stations etc have increased manifold.
He pressed an immediate need of creation of technical and non-technical posts. Chief Minister thereafter issued instructions that a need based assessment of the posts required be done immediately so that necessary steps can be taken. The meeting was also attended by PWD minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav, Political Pensions Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, MoS for Power Mr. Yasir Shah, chief secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, principal secretary to Chief Minister; Mr. Rakesh Bahadur, Principal Secretary (Finance) Mr. Rahul Bhatnagar, Secretary to CM; Mr. Partha Sarthy Sen Sharma, MD UPPCL Mr. AP Mishra, Director (Commercial) Mr. Sanjay Singh, Director (works) UPPTCL Mr. shatanshu Agarwal, Director (Technical) UPRVUNL Mr. Murli Bhagchandani and other officials.