Hyderabad: Efforts were on to ensure nine hour free power to farmers in the state, and it was aimed to achieve it in the next four years, the Minister for IT, Mr Ponnala Laxmaiah informed.
Replying to a question in the Legislative Assembly, Mr Laxmaiah said that the Government has taken up a plan with Rs.14,000 crores to minimize the transmission losses in electricity. Works worth Rs 1,400 crores have been awarded to some firms for this year. The Government was aiming at completing the project within four years. It would also facilitate the Government to supply nine hours free power supply to the farmers, he maintained.
Accepting that there was problem of low voltage in some areas, he informed that the Government was taking steps to overcome it. However, to meet the increasing demand, APTRANSCO and APDISCOM have taken up construction of substations and erection of additional distribution transformers. High Voltage distribution system (HVDS) was under execution to rectify the low voltage problems. HVDS was provided to 6.5 lakh pumpsets by spending Rs 1,800 crores, he added.
Rejecting the allegation of the opposition members that the Government was providing seven hours power supply in three phases and that was causing losses to the cultivators, the Minister made it clear that out of 9,210 feeders exclusively for agriculture sector, seven hours free power was being supplied uninterruptedly through 9,210 feeders, in two phases through 4,976 and in three phases through 65 feeders. (NSS)