Optimum utilization of Coal through these app/ web portal would save the consumer close to Rs. 20,000 crores five years down the line: Shri Piyush Goyal
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal launched here today the ‘MERIT app (Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency)
State to derive an Overall Net Benefit of approximately Rs. 11,000 crores through UDAY. The State would have savings of about Rs.950 cr. in annual interest cost through reduction of debt and through reduced interest rates on the balance debt.
In a significant move and following months of persuasion by the Centre, Tamil Nadu came on board the power ministry’s flagship scheme UDAY. By signing the MOU under UDAY, the State Government is taking over 75% of debt of Rs. 30,420 crores of TANGEDCO. The scheme also provides for the balance debt to be re-priced or issued as State guaranteed Discom bonds, at coupon rates around 3-4% less than the average existing interest rate.
Financial health of state power DISCOMs has been a big
blot on the performance of state’s power sector and in order to make these DICSOMs financially viable and operationally sustainable, the scheme UDAY assumes a lot of significance.
Two more states of Assam and Telangana will be joining the power ministry’s flagship scheme, Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY)—taking the tally ofvstates having joined the scheme to 20.
Striving hard to bring down the power losses, DISCOMs have been constantly monitoring the situation and issuing directions to its officials for keeping a tight vigil on power thefts by strengthening vigilence.