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Shinde seeks funds for rural electrification

Power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Tuesday asked Planning Commission to provide additional sum of Rs 50,000 crore for the government’s flagship rural electrification scheme.

‘We need to have Rs 50,000 crore additional for the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana [RGGVY] in the next five years... it can be split into five years,’ Shinde said at a meeting with the state power ministers.

A capital subsidy of Rs 28,000 crore was approved during the 11th Plan period [2007-12] for the scheme.

RGGVY aims to provide power to all villages and habitations, giving access to electricity to all rural households and providing connections to below poverty line families free of charge.

‘There are about 7,000 such villages mostly in the states of Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Meghalaya that require immediate action by the state governments,’ Shinde said. He said to meet the target of about 88,000 MW, which includes 5,300 MW from nuclear power proposed during the current plan period, ‘We will have to address the issue of fuel availability and equally important is the issue of finding adequate land for setting up new power stations’.

He said, ‘More projects would move faster if the state governments play a proactive role in identifying and facilitating the procurement of land.’

Besides, the focus in the 12th Plan period has to be on increasing domestic coal production, Shinde added. The problem of land is no less in the setting up of the transmission infrastructure, given the fact that in the current plan period we have a target of erecting some 37,800 MW of inter-regional transmission capacity, he said.


SHINDE ASKS STATES TO FACILITATE LAND PROCUREMENT


State governments should proactively facilitate land procurement for power projects to help meet the capacity addition target of 88,000 MW over the next five years, power minster Sushil Kumar Shinde said. Besides, he said the deteriorating financial health of state power distribution companies and issues pertaining to fuel supply to plants are big challenges facing the power sector and need to be addressed urgently.

‘With the target of about 88,000 MW, which includes 5,300 MW from the nuclear power proposed during the current plan period (2012-17)... we will have to address the issue of fuel availability and equally important is the issue of finding adequate land for setting up new power stations,’ Shinde said at a meeting with state power ministers.

‘More projects would move faster if the state governments play a proactive role in identifying and facilitating the procurement of land,’ he said.

Besides, he added, the focus in the 12th Plan period (2012-17) has to be on increasing domestic coal production.

The problem of land is no less in the setting up of the transmission infrastructure, given the fact that in the current plan period we have a target of erecting some 37,800 MW of inter-regional transmission capacity, Shinde said.
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