UP to provide ''power for all'' by October 2018?

The BJP government in the state is currently working on a model to provide round-the-clock power to registered consumers, both urban as well as rural. A proposal to this effect will be put before the state Cabinet in Lucknow today
Hardnews Bureau Delhi

The new BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is in the process of chalking out a plan for a ''power for all' scheme to be implemented in the state by October 2018.

The government is currently working on a model to provide round-the-clock power to registered consumers—urban as well as rural—from October 2018. A proposal to this effect will be put before the state Cabinet in Lucknow today, which is meeting for the first time since the BJP government came to power with an overwhelming majority in the state.

Energy department sources said the proposal seeks to roll out the 24x7 power supply to the existing 1.8 crore consumers who are yet to be covered under the scheme. UP power minister Srikant Sharma said that he was optimistic that his department will achieve the target by October 2018.

The new proposal aims at improving the previous government's plan to provide 24-hour power supply to the urban population and 16 to 18 hours of electricity to rural areas. Sources said the proposal seeks to carry out feeder separation in at least 39 districts where power load is extremely high, thereby hampering smooth electricity supply.

Energy department also wants to enhance the capacity of some of the power generating units within a period of one year so that more power is available across the state. The department will also bank on power purchase through banking, bilateral arrangement and through energy exchange. Sources said the state government will also try to expedite electrification of rural areas under the Centre's Deendayal Upadhyay Rural Electrification Scheme. This will be apart from the Integrated Power Development Scheme that envisages to improve power supply in urban areas.

The state is reeling under power cuts due to a sudden rise in the demand for power in the summers. However, the power department is providing at least 16 hours of power supply in the rural areas, while the district headquarters are getting not less than 20 hours of it.

(With agency inputs)