The state of Andhra Pradesh has become the only second state in the country after Gujarat to achieve 100 percent electrification of households. JM Financials published a report based on a national-level survey on electrification in various states. In this context, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr.N Chandrababu Naidu, in a tele-conference with top officials of the Energy Department said, “We achieved 100 percent electrification by June-end. Now, you have to set a target of ensuring uninterrupted world-class quality power supply.”
He claimed that about 35 per cent rural households in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and Assam still lacked access to power supply and he also said access to electricity was a key socio-economic development indicator, but this was an area where there was still a significant gap in India.
The Chief Minister has asked the Department officials to come up with an action plan to be implemented from the scratch level so as to make the power sector self-sufficient in the long run.
Principal Secretary for Energy and Infrastructure, Ajay Jain informed Naidu that they were preparing a strategy plan to reduce overall transmission and distribution losses, which currently stood at 10.3 per cent, to single digit by the end of the current financial year.
“An investment of Rs 20,000 crore has been allocated for the next five years to strengthen the transmission and distribution systems and extend power supply connection on demand. Energy efficiency and conservation activities would also be taken up in a big way in all government departments and other sectors”, said Mr. Jain