Lakshadweep has become the first Union Territory to sign the “24×7 Power for All” document.
The document chalks out a plan to increase solar capacity of the region from 2.15 MW to 8.45 MW. At present, 10 inhabited islands of Lakshadweep are being fed by diesel mostly. The plan also envisions reduction of AT & C losses from current level of 21% to 6.7% till 2019 by increasing the collection efficiency up to 99 %.
As on date, 22 States have already signed the ‘24×7 Power For All’ Documents. Implementation of the plan envisaged in the document is under progress, which is being jointly monitored by the State and the Central Government. Successful implementation of these plans will ensure reliable and affordable power round the clock to all the consumers.
As a part of energy efficiency measures, 1 lakh LED bulbs will be distributed by Lakshadweep administration through Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Incandescentlamps/CFL bulbs will be replaced with LED bulbs under UJALA programme. Additionally, replacement of 3000 conventional street lights with LED street lights is also being taken up.
“The government is committed to improve the quality of life of its citizens through higher electricity consumption. Our aim is to provide each household access to electricity, 24×7 Power supply by 2019,” said an official.
The ‘Power for All’ programme, he said, is a major step in this direction. Government has taken a joint initiative with respective State Governments for preparation of State specific documents for providing 24×7 power supply to all households /homes, industrial & commercial consumers and adequate supply of power to Agricultural consumers as per state policy.
The agreement with Lakshadweep was signed by a representative of Government of India and the Administration of Lakshadweep in presence of PK Pujari, Secretary, Ministry of Power.