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The Telangana Government has advanced the implementation of round-the-clock power supply to agriculture sector and will launch it on January 1 instead of March-April next as planned earlier.
“The dawn of New Year will be historic to the farming community in the State since they will get quality uninterrupted power supply like other sectors burying the past of struggling to get even two to three hours supply at a stretch in the odd hours,” Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said while making the announcement during his reply to the short discussion in the Assembly on Rs. 8,000 per acre investment support to farmers and formation of Rythu Samanvaya Samitis on Monday.
It would not only improve the State’s image outside but also lead to economic buoyancy and stability, the Chief Minister said adding that The Government would also make necessary allocation in the budget for implementing the scheme without forcing the power utilities into debt again, after taking over their burden under the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), Mr. Rao added.
Stating that round-the-clock supply to farm sector would require another Rs. 617 crore in addition to Rs. 4,777 crore allocated for the current year, he noted that Rs. 5,394 crore would be allocated in the next budget for the purpose. He, however, reiterated his appeal to the farming community to remove auto-starters not only to save wastage of energy but also to make best use of precious groundwater.
The power utilities would take up a drive for about 15 to 20 days in December to educate farmers for removal of auto-starters, the Chief Minister said. It was duty of all elected representatives to create awareness on it, he stated and added that the demand for power was expected to reach about 11,500 MW during March-May period. Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao said the power utilities had already made arrangements for purchase of additional power required.
The 24×7 supply being given to the farm sector since Monday (November 7) midnight had also helped in identifying the need to strengthen the distribution network further at some places across the State by installation of new sub-stations and distribution transformers. There were 23.6 lakh agriculture pump-sets in the State with an investment of about Rs. 35,000 crore by the farming community.
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