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Construction : Exclusive Report | September 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Power Ministers meet focuses on electricity to all

The seventh power minister’s conference was scheduled for September 10 in Delhi. Key issues, which were scheduled to be taken up at the seventh conference of power ministers include:-

Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (R-APDRP), Financial Restructuring Plan for State Owned Distribution Licensees & Model State Electricity Distribution Responsibility Bill, Model State Electricity Distribution Responsibility Bill (MSEDRB ), Issues concerning inadequacy of State transmission network and strengthening of regulatory commissions.

Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana: A flagship programme of Government of India, RGGVY was launched to provide access to electricity to all households in the country.

Under the scheme, projects are financed by the Central Government with a capital subsidy of 90% for the construction of power sub-stations, 33 and 11 KV HT Lines, Distribution Transformers, LT Lines and free connections to all BPL families in the country. The main issues to be discussed pertain to completion of pending projects, difficulties of contract agencies, energisation of villages where work has been already completed among others.

Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (R-APDRP): Re-structured APDRP, a Central Sector Scheme with a total outlay of Rs. 51,577 crores focuses on actual, demonstrable performance in terms of AT&C loss reduction.

The coverage of programme is urban areas – towns and cities with population more than 30,000 (10,000 for special category states). Private distribution utilities are not covered under the programme. Progress of the projects sanctioned under the programme will be discussed.

Financial Restructuring Plan for State Owned Distribution Licensees & Model State Electricity Distribution Responsibility Bill:

The Scheme notified by Ministry of Power on October 5, 2012, after CCEA approval is available to all participating State owned distribution licensees having accumulated losses& facing financial difficulty in financing operational losses. Under this scheme 5o% STL and power purchase payables outstanding as on 31.03.2013 will be rescheduled by lenders with moratorium on principal and bonds will be issued for balance 50% by discoms to participating lenders.

 
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