Hyderabad: The State government has planned to promote High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) by allocating 148 crores in the budget 2011-12. The HVDS would ensure better quality of supply of power to agricultural pump sets and help save power.
According to the demands of the Energy Department of the Budget, the HDVS was already implemented in 6.5 lakh pump sets out of a total of 28.53 lakh agricultural pump sets existing in the State as on December 31, 2010.
The government was providing free power to agriculture sector with effect from May 14, 2004. The government was committed to provide quality and reliable power to all categories of consumers and also committed to provide seven-hour power supply to pump sets. The government has released additional 1.5 lakh connections to agriculture sector during 2010-11. The government was keen that farmers have to undertake DSM measures—installation of capacitors of adequate rating, frictionless foot valves and capacitors of adequate ration that would increase voltage profile by 10 per cent, reduction in loss by one percent and save power by 10 per cent. Motor burnouts would be avoided with this measure.
As on December 31, 2010, the installed capacity of APGENCO is 14,781.05 MW, which is second highest in the country after Maharashtra. During 2010-11, the thermal stations of APGENCO have constantly maintained a very high level of plant load factor at 86.21 per cent compared to all India level of 77.48 per cent.
During 2010-11, 56,098 MU generated up to December 2010 as compared to 54,763 MU during the same period last year, an increase of 2.44 per cent. Peak demand has touched 10,880 MW on March 21, 2010 and maximum energy met has crossed 235.81 MU on March 24, 2010.
It was also proposed to take up sub-stations and lines during 2011-12 under various schemes of APTRANSCO and DISCOM to strengthen the Transmission and Distribution network to meet the growing demand for power. One 400 KV, five 220 KV, 25 substations of 132 KV, 374 sub stations of 33 KV would be set up while 867 lines of 400 KV, 216 lines of 220 KV, 857 lines of 132 KV and 5,296 lines of 33 KV would be laid in this financial ear. (NSS)