Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said that micro grid and off-grid solutions are working to provide power to 28 crore people in rural India who are still without electricity.The highest ever addition in electricity generation capacity in the past one year has led to power deficit in the country dipping to an all time low of 3.6 percent.
Highlighting the achievement’s of the Narendra Modi government in power and coal sector, Goyal said that 22,566 mega-watt (MW) of generation capacity was added in last one year.
Future plans of the government include raising renewable energy capacity by more than five times to 175,000 MW by 2022, five ultra-mega power plants with the total of 20,000 MW, reduction in peak load shortages through revival of stranded gas-based power plants, Rs 1.09 lakh crore investment in sub-transmission and distribution and Rs 1 lakh crore of new transmission projects to be bid out in the current year.
He said that Rs. 1.09 lakh crore was being invested in sub-transmission and distribution through Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS).
"Clean energy will be prioritised with 25 solar parks of about 100 MW each planned and a Rs 38,000 crore green energy corridor being set up to transmit renewable energy," he added.
Stressing on the need for solar power, the minister said that many companies in the private sector have committed to produce 273 GW of solar power. Railways too are going to use solar power, he said.
17 solar parks installation has been already approved, the minister said, adding, "15,577 MW of solar power generation capacity is to be achieved.”
“Focus on development of backward regions is our government priority. Investment of Rs. 9,865 crore has been approved for upgrading power systems in 8 North Eastern states (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura),” Goyal said. Transmission line was also approved with investment of Rs 26,000 crore to evacuate power to southern region from western region.
The Ministry, under the CSR programme, has taken up construction of 1,25,000 school toilets at a cost of Rs. 2,250 crore particularly in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha , West Bengal , North East etc.
“While the above plans lay down a clear roadmap towards24x7 affordable power for all, the performance so far provides ample confidence that Prime Minister’s mission will be fulfilled,” the Minister said.