Confident of bringing in “transformational changes” in the sector, Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said that the Modi government is striving to achieve “one nation, one grid, and one price.”
Talking at an Energy Conclave, Goyal said, “This is momentous! It is a delight to tell you all that as of this moment all of India has power at the same rate that is Rs 4.40.”Goyal went on to state that he is trying to achieve the target of uniform power rates across the country.
According to Goyal, “UDAY scheme launched by the government will be the fulcrum of the power sector reforms and renewal. By 2019, the power sector will save nearly Rs 1.8 lakh crore annually,” he said.
“People everywhere should be able to find out if power is available through the mobile application Vidyut Pravah. This mobile application also gives the rates at which power is available on the grid,” Goyal added.
Talking about the the government’s rural electrification programme , Goyal said that his ministry is constantly monitoring number of villages getting powered every day. “Power has to be affordable as well as of quality. We are conscious of the environment, also of the fact that India must not become non-competitive in the world economy. We are conscious of the fact that village children who are talented should not forego opportunities due to absence of electricity,” he said.
Highlighting the power sector’s achievements of last year, the Goyal said that electrifying 7,108 villages out of 18,452 un-electrified villages against the target of 2,800, distribution of more than 9 crore LED bulbs by EESL have been some benchmarks of the year.
On hydro power, Piyush Goyal said, “The year 2016-17 is dedicated to hydro power. It got a push some 30-40 years ago, but in recent past it has been ignored due to huge challenges like local resistance and issues of land acquisition.”