The Central Government will grant Rs 800 crore under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) to Karnataka for the setting up of separate feeder line to provide 24 hours power supply to the farmers.
After a review meeting of Power Projects in Karnataka, addressing the media persons in Bengaluru, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy said that the Centre is planning to give Rs 1,700 crore additional fund under DDUGJY to the State for the electrification of 8 lakh households of rural Karnataka which are yet to be electrified.
Karnataka has bigger plans for the new and renewable energy sector as the state is embarking on setting up of Asia’s largest Solar Park of 2,000 MW at Tumkur, with the help of Government of India. This project is a fitting example for the ‘Team India’ working for the welfare of the people in the true spirit of cooperative federalism, the minister said.
Operational issues of power transmission lines and transmission corridors have been sorted out in the review meeting. This will enable to have cheaper power, especially in South India, wherein the input power cost will come down by 50 percent, Goyal said.
The country is gearing up to an installation capacity of 40,000 MW of solar roof tower power project. The government is giving 15 percent subsidy to the household installation of solar roof tops.
Answering a question the minister said that the coal block allocation will be done in a scientific manner and each state will be allotted a separate block, exclusively for the power needs of the state. Additional coal blocks will be allotted as per the need after the next round of allotment through transparent bidding process the minister added.