24-hour free power to agriculture from Aug 15

24-hour free power to agriculture from Aug 15
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After the industries, the TRS government is all set to implement the 24-hour uninterrupted power supply scheme to give a boost to the crisis-ridden agriculture sector. The free power scheme would be launched on August 15 with Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao declaring the same in his Independence Day address.  

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Hyderabad: After the industries, the TRS government is all set to implement the 24-hour uninterrupted power supply scheme to give a boost to the crisis-ridden agriculture sector. The free power scheme would be launched on August 15 with Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao declaring the same in his Independence Day address.

The new initiative would put Rs 1,000 crore burden on the state exchequer in addition to the existing burden of Rs 3,000 crore per annum due to the subsidy on power. At present, the government is supplying 9-hour power to the farmers during day time.

The TSSPDCL (Southern Power Distribution Company Limited) and TSNPDCL (Northern Power Distribution Company Limited) have already started making necessary arrangements for implementing the scheme so that the farmers can get benefit during the kharif season.

With the launch of the scheme, power demand in the state would go beyond 10,000 MW per day as against the existing requirement of 6,000 to 7,000 MW. To meet the additional demand, the government has already invited tenders for the procurement of power from private agencies.

Initially, the 24-hour power supply scheme would be implemented in two districts by the power distribution companies till the end of August. Based on the feedback, the scheme would be extended to other districts in a phased manner.

TSSPDCL Chairman and Managing Director G Raghuma Reddy told The Hans India that Rs 1,000 crore was earmarked to strengthen the transmission network and installation of new transformers and establishment of a new Sub Station and laying of new electric lines.

The official said that all the districts would be covered under the 24-hour power supply scheme by January next. Discoms would take up a mega campaign to educate farmers on the optimum utilization of power by adopting new technologies. Auto meters would be installed at all pumpsets to curb power wastage.

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