The Centre has agreed to release Rs 800 crore to Punjab under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) to upgrade the rural power sector.
DDUGJY is a flagship project of the power ministry and would ensure round- the-clock supply of electricity to rural areas apart from ensuring metering at all levels, feeder separation and strengthening of transmission and distribution.
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Power, Coal and Renewal Energy, approved the release of funds when state Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal called on him on Monday and urged him to resolve the pending power issues of the state.
The Union Minister said Punjab would get a boost under the scheme. He said this project would witness complete separation of agriculture and non-agriculture feeders facilitating judicious power supply to agriculture and non-agriculture consumers in rural areas with improvement in hours of power supply.
The union minister agreed to examine the proposal of sale of surplus power from Punjab.
A state government statement said that on the request of Sukhbir regarding sale of surplus power from Punjab, the Union Minister said that center would examine this proposal very soon. The Minister asked the state power corporation to submit a detailed proposal in this regard.
Goyal agreed to provide full capacity coal linkage and supply to Punjab thermal plants as per the agreement.
He also assured the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal that the clearance to Pachwara coal mine allotted to Punjab in Jharkhand would also be granted soon.
Piyush Goyal has issued directions to the authorities concerned to make this site operational as soon as possible.
The union power minister has also agreed to enhance supply of 1.00 million tonne coal of Central Coalfields Ltd to 1.50 million tonnes.