Every district in state to get 24-hour power from May: CM
Bhopal: The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that by May 2013, all the districts of the state will get round the clock electricity and next year the state will become power surplus, and the state will be in a position to reduce power tariff by 5 percent. Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan was speaking at the Power Vision Conclave 2013 as the chief guest in New Delhi today. Addressing the gathering Shri Chouhan said that in 2003, Madhya Pradesh was considered a BIMARU State and power and roads were in bad shape. At that time nobody was ready to believe that Madhya Pradesh can become self sufficient in the field of power. Now the situation is the State is not only self sufficient in power but will also be in a position to give surplus power to other state. The same is the case with roads, except the conditions of National Highways. State highways are in good condition.
Approximately 90,000 KM. of Road have been constructed throughout the State. The dream of connecting every village of the State and providing electricity round the clock in every village is coming into reality, he added.
Shri Chouhan said that the State has not only increased its power generation but also invited private investment in the thermal power projects. He informed that in the year 2003 the total power generation capacity was 4663 MW which by March 2014 will be increased to 14736 MW. Alongwith power generation long term PPAs are being signed to make available power to consumers which amounts to 96 percent of the total energy purchased. In the field of non renewable energy, first such power plant with 130 MW capacity will be set up in Neemuch district of the state. For uninterrupted power distribution Rs. 11000 crore has been invested. Feeder separation has been done for rural areas and for agriculture use round the clock in each and every village of the State. Financial restructuring package has been provided for power distribution companies to improve their financial conditions.
Shri Chouhan informed that during 11th Five Year Plan the State’s growth rate was 10.20 which was second in the country. The same way in agriculture sector the growth rate was 18.91 percent which was highest in the country. Shri Chouhan said that he wants to make the whole system vibrant, which will strengthen the overall system, economy has to be made more progressive and fast. The state should optimally use its own resources to maximum possible for state’s progress. He called for making the system more practical, viable and responsive which will benefit the common man. Shri Chouhan informed about the Atal Jyoti Abhiyan initiated by the State Government under which now all villages of six districts (Jabalpur, Mandla, Shahdol, Umaria, Anuppur and Burhanpur) will be made available with power supply and by May 2013 all villages of every district will get round the clock electricity.
Shri Chouhan also informed about the Yuva Swarozgar Yojna which is encouraging the youth for setting up their own small and medium enterprises. The State Government is providing the guarantee to banks for giving loans for setting up any unit. Shri Chouhan was of the opinion that the village should be self sufficient unit and this will fulfil the dream of Gandhiji’s dream of self reliant. He said small and medium enterprises will be developed throughout the state which will provide the Employment opportunities to the youth living in villages.