November 7, 2016

States unanimously decide to adopt Mission Mode for electrifying remaining villages by March 2017

Power Ministers of all States and Union Territories have unanimously decided to ensure electrification of all the remaining un- electrified villages by 31st March 2017 in mission mode under Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Jyoti Yojana ( DDUGJY) . The two day conference of Power, New Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of States and Union Territories which ended in here today has also resolved to work in mission mode to complete the activities in the roll out plan for achieving the 24×7 Power For All by 2019 or earliest. It was decided that the States whose plan documents on Power For All have not been prepared should get it expedited with the help of consultants and central team members so that all these documents are completed by 31st December 2015. The conference was chaired by Shri Piyush Goyal Union Minister of State ( IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy . 

States have also resolved to ensure expeditious implementation of Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) projects by implementing them within 30 months from date of sanction. They have also resolved to achieve 15 % Aggregate Technical and Commercial Losses (AT & C) at national level by 2019-20. A state level mission will be established to plan smart grid activities in States. 

States which are presently not having Right of Way (RoW) and Right of Use( RoU) / policy should take immediate step for having the same. 

States have resolved to set targets for replacement for all existing conventional street lights and incandescent bulbs with LED by 2019. Nine States namely Haryana, Uttar Pradesh , Punjab, Maharashtra , Karnataka, Tamil Nadu , Madhya Pradesh , Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have decided to replace 10 % of existing agricultural water pumps with energy efficient pumps including solar within one year. 

States have also agreed to set up solar parks as per stipulated schedule and to mandate the installation of solar roof tops on Government buildings 

States have also decided to encourage interstate and intrastate transmission of renewable energy through various measures like allowing open access, not charging wheeling charges, cross subsidy charges , banking charges etc. 

States which are rich in wind resource agreed to put in place a mechanism for forecasting and scheduling of wind power by 1st January 2016. 

In his concluding remarks Shri Piyush Goyal urged the states to take steps for clearing the dues of power generation companies by March 2016 so that next financial year can be started in a clean slate . The Minister appealed the states to stand by their commitments in additional allocation of power and renewable energy. 

Ministers from fifteen states and Delhi attended the two day conference. They include, Shri. K. Atchannaidu, Minister for Labour, Employment & Sports, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Shri. Mahesh Gagda, Minister for Forest Law& Legislative Affairs, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Shri. C. P. Singh, Minister for Urban Development Housing and Transport, Govt. of Jharkhand, Shri. D. K. Shivakumar, Minister for Energy, Govt. of Karnataka, Shri. Aryadan Muhammed, Minister for Power, Govt. of Kerala, Shri. Rajendra Shukla, Minister for Enegry, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Shri. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister for Energy, New & Renewable Energy, Govt of Maharashtra, Shri. C. Kipli Sangtam, Minister for Power, Govt. of Nagaland, Minister of State for Energy, Govt of Rajasthan, Shri. D.D. Bhutia, Minister for Power and Energy, Govt. of Sikkim, Shri. Natham R. Viswanathan, Minister for Electricity, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Shri. G. Jagdish Reddy, Minister for Energy, Govt. of Telangana, Shri. Manik Dey, Minister for Power, Urban Development, Rural Development& Transport, Govt. of Tripura, Shri. Yasar Shah, Minister for Energy, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Shri. Manish Gupta, Minister for Power, Govt. of West Bengal, and Minister for Power, Govt. of National Capital Territory, Delhi. 

Senior officials including Secretary, Power Shri. P.K. Pujari Secretary, MNRE, Shri. Upendra Tripathy, Shr.A.K. Dubey, Additional Secretary, Coal, Shri. B.N. Sharma , Shri B.N. Pandey Additional Secretaries, Power and Power Secretaries of States and Union Territories attended the conference. 

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