Over 16L farmers came forward to install meters for Agri pump sets: Jagan

During a review meeting on the energy sector held here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister emphasized the importance of maintaining sufficient coal reserves in the state to avoid power outages next summer.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  13 Oct 2022 4:43 AM GMT
Over 16L farmers came forward to install meters for Agri pump sets: Jagan

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy directed officials to develop special plans to ensure continuous coal supply to thermal power stations.

He suggested maintaining adequate stocks by ferrying supplies from indigenous coal blocks including Mahanadi in Odisha and Suliyari in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh.

During a review meeting on the energy sector held here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister emphasized the importance of maintaining sufficient coal reserves in the state to avoid power outages next summer.

Given the increased prices of imported coal, it is critical to developing perfect strategies for drawing supplies from domestic coal blocks.

In response to officials' briefing that 16,63,705 farmers have so far come forward to fix meters for agricultural pump sets, the Chief Minister directed them to ensure the supply of power through a transparent system.

"Farmers should be properly educated on the use of meters for agricultural pump sets by raising awareness. This would allow officials to assess the need for energy during each season and avoid the fusing of transformers and pump sets," he said

The Chief Minister clarified that money for consumed power would be directly deposited into farmers' accounts, allowing them to pay distribution companies.

Jagan directed the Energy Department to release details of a pilot project implemented in the Srikakulam district that resulted in significant power savings and benefited farmers greatly.

In reference to the state's pump storage projects, Jagan stated that the government will pay Rs. 30,000 per acre every year to those who have given up their land for the Green Energy sector. While this compensation will increase by 5% every two years, farmers who have been assigned lands will also benefit.

The CM was also informed that the 800 MW power unit at Krishnapatnam is ready for inauguration later this month. Another 800 MW power unit at Vijayawada Thermal Power Station would be ready by the end of March 2023.

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