Steps to increase the power generation across the country

Apr 05:The following steps are taken to increase power generation:

  1. Thermal Projects totaling 28460 MW are under construction in the country.
  1. Presently, there are 36 Large Hydro Projects (above 25 MW) totaling 12663.5 MW that is under implementation in the country.
  1. Nuclear capacity amounting to 8700 MW is under construction and 7000 MW nuclear power projects have been accorded Administrative Approval and Financial Sanction.
  1. Hon’ble Prime Minister at Glasgow COP26 Summit has set a target to achieve 500 GW installed capacity from the non-fossil fuel-based capacity (Hydro, Nuclear, Solar PV, Wind, Biomass, etc.) by 2030.

The robust national grid is facilitating the transfer of power from surplus regions to deficit regions without any transmission constraints. The inter-regional transmission capacity has been increased from 35,950 MW as of 31.03.2014 to 1,12,250 MW as of 28th February 2022. The capacity of the electricity Grid is being expanded on a continuous basis matching the growth in electricity generation and electricity demand.

The transmission system is mostly built through tariff based competitive bidding route. However, the Central Government is also funding Transmission schemes worth around Rs.16,000 crore in UT of J&K, UT of Ladakh, and the North Eastern States. The intra-State transmission lines are built by the State transmission companies.

In order to meet the growing demand of the electricity consumers, the distribution network also requires up-gradation and augmentation on a continuous basis, which is undertaken by the distribution companies. The Central Government is also assisting the States in the creation/argumentation of distribution infrastructure through its various schemes including Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), and Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) to enable them to achieve the objective of providing uninterrupted power supply to all consumers. The new scheme RDSS has an outlay of Rs.3,03,785 crore and an estimated gross budgetary support of Rs.97,631 crore from the Central Government. RDSS aims at bringing down losses of distribution utilities.

This information was given by Shri R.K Singh, Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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