3 years of Modi Govt: Towards making India power-surplus

by Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Ever since the Narendra Modi government assumed office in May 2014, all the ministries and departments have been working at full steam and taking big strides in turning the poll promises into reality. Some of them have gone extra mile to ensure timely and efficient execution of projects, achieving notable milestones which are visible and very much in the public eye.

piyush-goyalHogging the limelight and earning rave reviews for its performance in last 3 years has been the Power, Coal and Mines Ministry under the able stewardship of Piyush Goyal.

Minister of State (MoS) for Power, Coal, Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal has been instrumental in revolutionising the power generation, transmission and its efficient distribution in the country.

Here are 5 achievements in Power sector in last 3 years:

1) Increase in Power generation: Total power capacity increased by nearly one third (31%) from 243GW in March 2014 to 320 GW in March 2017. Conventional power capacity also increased by 26% (one fourth) from 214 GW in Mar 2014 to 270 GW in Mar 2017.

power data2) Power Transmission: The Transmission sector saw massive growth leading to one nation, one price and one grid. There has been 40% (more than One third) increase in transmission capacity.

Surplus power is available at low rates which on exchange which any state can buy. One can track this on www.vidyutpravah.in or download the app by giving missed call to 9220036666.

3) Rural Electrification: Under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), the drive to connect un-electrified villages achieved a new milestone of more than 13,469 villages of 18,452 electrified as on May 2017. Govt has set a target of May 2018 to electrify all villages of the country.power data - 1

4) Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA): Through the ambitious UJALA, the government plans to replace 770 million inefficient incandescent and CFL with LED bulbs. Till now, nearly 23.5 crore LED bulbs have been distributed by Government and 33.29 crore LED bulbs by private companies. Consumers are saving over Rs. 29,500 crore per year in electricity bills.

led bulbs5) Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY): In previous government, the debt and payment default of the inefficient DISCOMS were the major hurdle in seamless distribution of power. Uday Yojana – the scheme launched by NDA government seeks to turn around the ailing DISCOMs. A total of 26 States and 01 UT have joined this scheme.

Almost 85% UDAY Bonds have already been issued (Rs. 2.32 lakh cr out of total Rs. 2.72 lakh cr) leading to less rate of interest for DISCOMs. This has led to savings of nearly Rs 12,000 crores.

The Power Minister has launched series of apps to streamline power generation and plugging of loopholes.


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