Average Rural Power Supply Duration Increased from 12.5 Hours in 2014-15 to 18.5 Hours in 2019-20

Ministry of Power:

Shri R.K Singh, Union Minister of Power has informed that the average rural power supply duration has increased from 12.5 hours in 2014-15 to 18.5 hours in 2019-20.

He was addressing the members of the Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Power here last evening.

Shri R.K Singh chaired the meeting. MPs Shri Kishan Kapoor, Shri Mahabali Singh , Shri Raghu Ramakrishna Raju Kanumuru, Shri Ravindra Kushwaha, Shri Ritesh Pandey, Smt Riti Pathak, Smt. Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo , Dr. Amee Yajnik and Dr. Bhagwat Karad participated in the meeting. Shri Alok Kumar , Secretary Power and senior officials of the Ministry were also present at the meeting.

Replying to the queries of MPs, Shri Singh explained that some of the major reform initiatives which Ministry of power has recently undertaken include
Universal Access to Electricity;
Reliable , Quality and Sustainable Supply;
Empowering Consumers and Green and Clean Nation.

He mentioned that the 100% village electrification has been achieved 13 days before target while 100% Household electrification has been achieved under Saubhagya scheme.

He also informed about the steps taken by ministry for empowerment of consumers.

The Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules were rolled out by Power Ministry in December, 2020, with emphasis that power system exists to serve consumers with mandated service standards and mandatory round the clock call center.

The Power Minister stated that the country has been transformed from a Power Deficit to Power Surplus Nation as at present the total installed capacity in country is 3.77 lakh MW as compared to Peak Demand of 1.89 lakh MW.

“We have achieved the target of One Nation-One Grid- One Frequency with the addition of Transmission Lines of 1.42 lakh ckm and Transformation Capacity of 437 MVA in FY 15-20”, he informed.

He provided details of the steps taken by the government for reliable, quality and sustainable power supply like flexibility in coal utilization amongst the generation stations leading to savings of Rs.1,447 Cr/ year in NTPC Ltd, introduction of new products in power exchange( Real Time Market and Green Term Ahead Market) and Payment Security through letter of credit mechanism to tackle the issue of outstanding dues of  power generation companies.

Shri Singh explained the provisions on distribution competition in Proposed Electricity(Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Under the 2021 bill multiple distribution companies will be allowed to operate in the area of supply.

The consumers may choose any distribution company. It will lead to improved services, responsiveness, service innovation and enhanced billing and collection efficiency.

The Minister informed that as regards the promotion of renewable energy,efforts are on towards working for Renewable Energy target of 175 GW by 2022 under Paris Climate Agreement.

Various Steps have been taken to promote green and renewable energy such as waiver of ISTS Charges for Solar and Wind and competitive bidding guidelines for procurements of Wind, Solar, Hybrid, Round The Clock(RTC) power.

Stalled hydropower projects of 3470 MW have been revived. Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) have been involved for small hydro construction.

MPs made suggestions about improvement in regulatory mechanism, strengthening of Power infrastructure in states, conducting survey to analyse increase in Power demand in the coming 10-15 years for the Power Generating states.

Dwarka Expressway will be the first-ever elevated Urban Expressway in India and will immensely help reducing the air pollution in Delhi-NCR: Nitin Gadkari

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways via PIB India:

The Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari reviewed the progress of India’s First Grade Separated Urban Expressway, Dwarka Expressway (NH – 248BB) today.

The Minister made a inspectional visit to Dwarka Expressway with public representatives and Media.

Shri Nitin Gadkari expressed hope that the 29-kilometre long Expressway, being constructed under the Bharatmala Project and with a cost of Rs.8,662 crore, would be completed before the Independence Day next year.

The Minister said that “it will be the first-ever elevated Urban Expressway in India and will immensely help reducing the air pollution in Delhi-NCR”.

While addressing media persons after the inspection of project, Shri Nitin Gadkari said that the Dwarka Expressway would also be the first instance of a project where Tree Plantation of approximately 12,000 trees has been undertaken, keeping protection of the environment in view.

He further said that “based on this experience, the method will be replicated across the country”.

The Minister stated that Delhi-Gurugram section of National Highway-8, a part of Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai arm of Golden Quadrilateral (GQ), is presently carrying traffic of over three lakh Passenger Car Units (PCUs), which is much beyond design capacity of this 8-lane highway, leading to severe congestion and with the construction of the present project, 50 to 60 per cent traffic on National Highway-8 will be reduced.

The project will also provide around 50 thousand direct or indirect employment opportunities. 

Being built in four packages, total length of the Expressway is 29 kilometres out of which 18.9 kilometre length falls in Haryana while remaining 10.1 kilometre length is in Delhi.

It starts from Shiv-Murti on National Highway-8 and ends near KherkiDaula Toll Plaza.

The Minister said that the project, once complete, will be an engineering marvel of India as it has several unique features.

This will have longest (3.6 kilometre) and widest (8 lane) Urban Road Tunnel in India.

The project’s road network will also comprise of four levels, i.e., tunnel / underpass, at-grade road, elevated flyover and flyover above flyover.

It will also comprise India’s first 9-kilometre long 8-lane flyover (34-metre wide) on single pier with 6-lane service roads.

There will be a fully automated tolling system with 22 lanes toll plaza.

The entire project will be equipped with Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

The project has a total estimated consumption of two lakh MT of steel, which is 30 times of that of the Eiffel Tower.

The total estimated consumption of 20 lakh Cum of Concrete is six times of the Burj Khalifa building. 

India sponsored UN resolution on “International Year of Millets 2023” adopted by consensus in UNGA this morning

Prime Minister – Narendra Modi:

Gratitude to all the nations who initiated and co-sponsored the resolution on International Year of Millets at the UN.

Distinguished delegates were also served delicious Millet Murukku!

This is one snack I also relish and urge all of you to try it as well.

Tirumurti – Ambassador of India to UN:

Delighted that Indian sponsored UN resolution on “International Year of Millets 2023” was adopted by consensus in UNGA this morning.

Big step to promote nutritional & ecological benefits of millets to the as a key component of food basket & effect policy changes

Big thank you to all co-sponsors, especially Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia & Senegal, and all Member States of UN for their strong support!

Glad that all Member States enjoyed the delicious millet “murukku” distributed by our Mission

Sri Sri at Sunrise

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