Our Correspondant, New Delhi Madhya Pradesh will be energy surplus state by the year 2014 and will be in a position to give power to other states, provided the centre take necessary remedial measures on the issues related to power sector raised by the state government on different platforms.
This was stated by Madhya Pradesh Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla at the 6th Power Ministers Conference held here today. The conference was chaired by Union Power Minister Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia and attended by Power Ministers and Secretaries of their respective department from different states. Addressing the conference Shri Shukla informed that at present there is a gap of 10% in the demand and supply of power in the state. He informed the various measures have been taken by the state government to make Madhya Pradesh power surplus by the year 2014. He said that production in 2×660 MW capacity of Srisingaji Thermal Power Project and 2×800 MW capacity of Bansagar Thermal Power Project has not been started because of Coal Linkage problem.
He requested for providing Coal Linkages on priority basis to the above two Thermal Power Projects. Also because of the strategic location of Madhya Pradesh he requested for allowing to use both the ports i.e. East and West for coal import and giving environmental clearance to the projects as early as possible. Shri Shukla informed that the state government has approved a financial restructuring plan for Discoms with a transition support of about 2900 crore. He demanded that since the entire burden of financial restructuring has been taken over by the state government, the central government may consider at least 50% of Madhya Pradesh Government support, as a grant. The feeder separation project will be a mile stone in rural economic growth in the state.
He urged the Union Minister that the interest subsidy may be considered under National Electricity Fund in respect of REC loan for feeder separation scheme. Under RGGVY scheme efforts are being make to speed up the goal to provide regular and quality power supply to every citizen in the country. Shri Shukla urged the Union Minister to extend R-APDRP scheme to towns having population of 10,000 or more. Shri Shukla informed that the state has taken up a challenge to make rural areas free of load shedding.
For this the state has taken up feeder separation project which aims at laying separate feeder for agriculture supply and having bunched cable in domestic areas. By June 2013 works on all the identified 11 KV feeders would be completed and 24 hours power supply would be extended to all non agricultural categories of consumers in the state. He also informed about the Krishi Karman Award for the year 2011-12 which the state has received in over all food grain production.
He also informed about the separate department opened by the state government in the name of New and Renewal Energy for promotion of Renewal Energy and demand side management. He also informed that the state has taken the target to reduce the AT & C losses to 3% each year for the next three years which resolve has been passed by the Vidhan Sabha.