Rs 10,000 crore project to check power theft, electrify villages in UP


Rs 10,000 crore project to check power theft, electrify villages in UP

Lending a push to power sector reforms ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections due next year, UP government on Monday announced Rs 10,000-crore UP Power Sector Improvement Project, envisaging minimization of line losses and wheeling in electricity to rural feeder which have not been served under the Centre’s ambitious Deendayal Upadhyay Rural Electrification Scheme.

The decision was taken by a high-level committee headed by chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Principal secretary (energy) Alok Kumar said that a formal proposal vis-avis scheme has been sent to the department of economic affairs for further perusal with the Asian Development Bank.

Scheme to be vetted by Union power ministry and Niti Ayog

The scheme will also be vetted by the Union power ministry and the Niti Aayog. The scheme proposes laying of Aerial Bunch Conductors (ABCs) across the state to put a check on power theft. The state has been witnessing line losses, essentially because of rampant power theft, to the tune of around 30%, despite the Central Electricity Authority mandating the limit to 15%. Read More

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