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to 15,284 crore in 2013.
The government’s promises include 24×7 supply to non-agricultural consumers, 10 hours quality power for agriculture, and to make the state energy-surplus by 2014 with a focused thrust on solar, wind, small hydro and biomass projects. The contribution of renewable energy sources is targeted to go up from 5.31 per cent (499 MW) to 17 per cent (3,200 MW) by June 2015.
The small northeastern state managed to increase its installed capacity during the 11th plan by 15.6 MW and build 168.49 km additional transmission lines. Transmission and distribution losses at the beginning of the 11th plan were estimated at 52 per cent, which was brought down to 29.16 per cent by the end of the period. Plus, under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, the state electrified 94 villages (68.6 per cent of a target of 137), gave BPL connections to 15,144 households (55.2 per cent of the targeted 27,417) and set up four 33-kV substations, broadly on target. The construction of the Tuirial HEP (60 MW) by NEEPCO is reported to be progressing well and the government has cleared its equity share of Rs. 41.14 crore for evacuation of power from the Pallatana gas-based project.
During the 11th Plan, the state added 4,219 MW to its capacity, with another 860 MW added during 2012-13, taking the total installed capacity to 11,168 MW. Another 3,415 MW from conventional sources is likely to be added by March 2014.
As part of the Congress government’s “vision 2017”, the state hopes to become “self-sufficient” in power generation by the end of 2013-14. Also, electrification is under way in all revenue villages with a population over 300 under the RGGVY. Rajasthan has been proactive in offering support of Rs 8,954.89 crore to its power utilities and is implementing a restructuring plan of Rs 19,254 crore proposed under the Centre’s debt restructuring scheme. Plus, the state has been aggressively promoting generation from renewable energy sources.