The state governments of Kerala, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh today joined the Union Government’s discom debt relief scheme, Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojna.
With the addition of these states, the total number of states under the UDAY scheme has reached 26. The scheme mandates that 75 per cent of the discom debt be taken over by the State Government and bonds be issued against them.
The lowering of discom debt has been accentuated by the growing power generation. According to a press statement from the Ministry of Power, India became net exporter of electricity for the first time.
According to the statement, “During the current year 2016-17 (April to February 2017), India has exported around 5,798 million units to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar which is 213 million units more than the import of around 5,585 million units from Bhutan. Exports to Nepal and Bangladesh increased 2.5 and 2.8 times, respectively in the last three years.”
Ever since the cross-border trade of electricity started in mid-eighties, India has been importing power from Bhutan and marginally exporting to Nepal in radial mode at 33 kV and 132 kV from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. On an average, Bhutan has been supplying around 5,000-5,500 million units to India.
The government also said that India has also been exporting around 190 MW power to Nepal over 12 cross-border interconnections at 11kV, 33kV and 132 kV level. Export of power to Nepal further increased by around 145 MW with the commissioning of Muzaffarpur (India)-Dhalkhebar(Nepal) 400kV line (being operated at 132 kV) in 2016.
Export of power to Bangladesh from India got further boost with the commissioning of 1st cross-border interconnection between Baharampur in India and Bheramara in Bangladesh at 400kV in September 2013.
It was further augmented by the commissioning of 2nd cross-border interconnection between Surjyamaninagar (Tripura) in India and South Comilla in Bangladesh. At present, around 600 MW power is being exported to Bangladesh.
Export of power to Nepal is expected to increase by around 145 MW shortly over 132 kV Katiya (Bihar)-Kusaha (Nepal) and 132 kV Raxaul (Bihar)-Parwanipur (Nepal). Austin Czarnik Authentic JerseyShare This