NEW DELHI: The government is planning to double the power transmission capacity in southern part of the country in the next three years.
“A lot of efforts are being made to improvise transmission sector and possibly government can plan to double the capacity in Southern India in the next three years”, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said today.
While speaking at a summit here, Goyal said the government is planning to present an amended tariff policy soon to ensure more and more transmission projects via bidding, a Power Ministry statement said.
“We will allow transmission projects to be filled out on nomination basis only in exceptional cases”, Goyal said adding that “capacity in the South has increased substantially.”
The minister said that it is for the first time that a government has spent Rs 10,000 crore to set up transmission and distribution in North-Eastern areas of the country.
The minister sought participation of industry to achieve ‘Power For All’ goal of Government.
“Events like Power for All Summit where you engage and discuss relevant issues are truly an education for us and help us to device better mechanism to speed up our efforts to achieve 100 per cent electrification targets.
Referring to recently launched Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana, he said, “it is an entirely bottom up scheme which has emerged out of the culmination of the engagements with bankers, discoms, power producers, consumers bodies, state governments and all the other stakeholders over a long period of time.”
The minister also appealed to the transmission companies to play a leadership role in explaining any loopholes in either bidding and valuation process or its technical aspects etc.
He further said: “We have made serious efforts to expedite ongoing projects and bidding out new projects in last 18 months…last year we achieved 100 per cent of our transmission target for the first time in decades.”
Goyal also said that Power Ministry is converting everything into app to tell people about the work it is doing.