AP to achieve full electrification by April this year, says Naidu

V Rishi Kumar Krishnapatnam | Updated on January 20, 2018

AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is seen along with Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Sujana Chowdary after the dedication of 1,600 MW AP Genco coal based thermal power plant at Krishnapatnam near Nellore.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said that the State will achieve the distinction of 100 per cent electrification of household in the State by April, thereby joining select States like Gujarat which achieved this landmark.

Speaking after dedicating the 1,600 MW AP Genco coal based thermal power plant at Krishnapatnam about 25 km from Nellore, in the presence of Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Sujana Chowdary and State Cabinet colleagues, the Chief Minister said this will be another big achievement for the State, which has now also become one of few States to provide 24x7 power supply to consumers.

On a busy day, where the Krishnapatnam thermal plant and 2640 MW thermal power complex of Sembcorp and Gayatri, were dedicated to the nation, Naidu said that the setting up of these projects would bring allround development to the region while also attracting investments.

From a situation where the State had a shortfall of 22 million units per day post bifurcation, it has now been able to provide 24x7 power supply to all segments. This was possible as the State added new capacity and also brought down transmission and distribution loses from 13.24 per cent to 10.2 per cent and it is proposed to bring it down further to single digit (9 per cent) and gradually to 6 per cent, he said.

Fibre to Home

Mentioning about an innovative Fibre to Home project, the Chief Minister said that the project would use power transmission lines and takes broadband every home in the State. These cables would serve as a single point interface for broadband and entertainment and would be offered at about Rs 150 per month.

Referring to a major energy conservation mission initiated by the State, he said that the LED light project has had a big impact in bringing about energy saving in the State. He said that for every one unit saved was equivalent to 1.2 unit generated. Therefore, energy saving has been a major thrust area.

Naidu said that Krishnapatnam has already emerged as an industrial hub and has potential to attract more companies due to its inherent advantages of good connectivity and infrastructure. The Government was resolved to develop a tri-city industrial corridor enabling effective connectivity between Krishnaptnam, Chennai and Bangalore.

The Reliance ADAG Group, which had won the mandate for the 4,000 mw Krishnapatnam ultra mega power project had not come forward to develop the project. A number of fishermen and local farmer who gave away their land for the project will be taken care of.

He assured the local people that a mini fishing harbour will be developed to help the local fishermen who played a role in development of the region.

Published on February 27, 2016

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