Power generation capacity in MP to go upto 14 thousand MW till next year
Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that power generation capacity in Madhya Pradesh was merely 2900 MW in year 2003, which has been increased to 10 thousand 400 MW now. It will further increase to 14 thousand MW till next year. Shri Chouhan launched Atal Jyoti Abhiyan for 24X7 power supply in Mandsaur district today. Mandsaur has become 14th district in the state to have this facility. Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla was also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Mandsaur district will become power cut-free with the launch of Atal Jyoti Abhiyan. Economic activities in the district will also boost up due to uninterrupted power supply. He also urged citizens to conserve power. The Chief Minister said that so far, Rs. 11 thousand crore has been spent on Atal Jyoti Abhiyan. Farmers have been given facility to pay electricity charges at the flat rate of Rs. 1200 per horsepower per annum. This amount will be payable twice in a year.
Referring to measures taken to make agriculture profitable, Shri Chouhan said that wheat is being procured from farmers at the rate of Rs. 1500 per quintal. Poor people will be provided wheat at the rate of Re. 1 per kg. Interest on agriculture loans has now been reduced to zero. Referring to efforts to improve health and education facilities and employment opportunities, he said that Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana has been launched to help youth set up their own businesses and industries. Food grains are being distributed at concessional rates to senior citizens. Free medicines and pathology tests are being made available in government hospitals.
The Chief Minister inaugurated Rs. 13 thousand 76 lakh construction works at Mandsaur. He also inspected an exhibition put up by District Public Relations office had organised. The Chief Minister said that efforts are underway to bring water from Gandhi Sagar Dam to Mandsaur city.
Energy & Mineral Resources Development Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla informed that Rs.25 thousand crore has been spent on power generation and distribution in the state. Now, domestic consumers in Mandsaur district will get 24X7 power supply and farmers for 8 hours on three-phase. Rs. 162 crore has been spent on Atal Jyoti Abhiyan in Mandsaur district benefiting 906 villages.
MLAs Shri Yashpal Singh Sisodiya, Shri Radheshyam Patidar, Zila Panchayat Chairperson Smt. Kushalbai Malviya and other public representatives were also present on the occasion.