Hyderabad: The A.P. Government has directed the power utilities to compensate the farmers with shortfalls, if any, in seven hours power supply during a day within next 24 hours in this kharif season to protect all the standing crops. The A.P. Power utilities have been instructed to make all out efforts to provide seven hours power supply to agriculture sector to meet the energy requirements.
This was disclosed by Principal Secretary, Energy, Mr Dinesh Kumar during a teleconference with top officials of the APTRANSCO and DISCOMS held on Tuesday.
The Govt. has also instructed the power utilities to invite suggestions and feedback from the farming community on the present system of power supply to agricultural sector. The A.P. DISCOMs are currently providing seven hours power to over 29 lakh agricultural pump sets without any break in some areas and in two spells in other areas depending on power and system availability.
“During recent review meeting, the Chief Minister Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy reiterated the commitment of the Govt. to the farmers and that it had provided a total support and subsidy of around Rs.34,330 crore in the last seven years, on an average of Rs.5000 crore per annum. The chief minister is very particular that not a single farmer should lose his standing crop due to failure of power supply and that seven hours of supply to agriculture must be maintained at any cost without compromise”, the Principal Secretary said.
He also instructed the officials that, the daily power supply and demand position should be discussed at the forthcoming substation level meetings with farmers and explain the constraints in supply to them, if any. The Govt. has also set up substation wise advisory committees with MLAs as chairman for the purpose of monitoring the supply situation and ensuring prompt action to redress local distribution constraints.
The officials informed that the DISCOM / DISTRICT wise all relevant information on power supply and demand is being uploaded on the website i.e., www.aptransco.gov.in.
As on August 8th, a total power supply of 243 million units (max. Peak demand of 10841 MW) has been met as against 214 MU of previous year registering an increase of 13 percent, which included a 40.18 MU of hydel and a thermal power of 77.50 MU from state generation apart from IPPS and central share.
The CMDs of APTRANSCO and DISCOMs Mr Ajay Jain, Mr G. Ananta Ramu, Mr Ahmed Nadeem, Mr Ch. Narasimha Reddy, Mr V. Krishnamurthy, Joint MD Mr K. Ranganatham and other senior officials participated in the first teleconference.