• Centre promises Rs 9,000 crore for Andhra Pradesh energy sector

    In a move that could gladden the Chandrababu Naidu government in the state, the Centre has promised to release about Rs 9,000 crore for strengthening the energy sector. The Centre has proposed to implement the dual action plan in the state where the infrastructure development schemes in urban and rural areas will be taken up separately.

    The LED street-lighting programme implemented in urban local bodies will be extended to rural local bodies.

    Union minister Piyush Goyal heaped praise on AP for topping the charts in energy conservation measures. He presented awards to the best discoms and states at a function held in New Delhi on Wednesday.

    While the AP conservation mission secured the national best award, eastern power distribution company limited bagged the first prize in discom category. Energy conservation mission chief executive officer A Chandrasekhara Reddy and EPDCL CMD M M Naik received the awards from the Union minister. “We are expecting an additional financial support to a tune of Rs 1,000 crore for taking up LED programme in rural local bodies in the state,” Chandrasekhara Reddy told TOI.

    He said that rural LED programme would save around 3,000 million units of power which is equal to generation of 1,000 MW annually. He said the Centre had agreed to spend around Rs 6,000 crore to replace about 17 lakh agriculture pump sets in the state in a phased manner.

    Energy principal secretary Ajay Jain said that energy efficiency plays a pivotal role for economic development of Amaravati in the field of transportation, Hi-tech manufacturing including IT and electronics, food processing and helps for employment generation of over five lakhs jobs in 10 years. Several global agencies like Indo-Swiss, USAID, World Bank are approaching Centre to extend technical, operational and financial support for Amaravati in energy efficiency (EE) front. Drew Bledsoe Jersey

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