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Power transmission capacity in UP augmented by 53 pc since 2017: Yogi

Power transmission capacity in UP augmented by 53 pc since 2017: Yogi

Lucknow, Mar 6 (UNI) The sustained efforts of Uttar Pradesh government during the last four years have seen quantum jump in the transmission capacity, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said here on Saturday.
"We had inherited a power infrastructure in shambles but during four years, the transmission capacity alone has seen an augmentation of 53 per cent, he said. The state had moved towards self-reliance in power sector even as the load capacity in transmission reached to 25000 MW, an increase of about 53 percent in the last four years, the CM said.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that the 'self-reliance' in the power sector was extremely important for the 'Atmanirbhar UP'.
Further informing, the CM said at present there were several transmission works being executed through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode with a cost of about Rs 6100 crore.
He said that in today's times, electricity was required in all the sectors like agriculture, business, medical or teaching. In order to realise the dream of 24-hour power supply, the CM appealed to the consumers to submit their electricity bills on time while issuing instructions for prompt disposal of every small and big problem of the consumers.
The UP CM was speaking after inaugurating two sub-stations of 220 KV and nine sub-stations of 132 KV constructed at a cost of Rs 571.57 crore and laying the foundation stone of 10 sub-stations of 220 KV and six Sub-stations of 132 KV to be constructed at a cost of Rs1347.91 crore. At a function, organised at the Chief Minister's residence, he said that the state was getting a gift of 27 sub-stations as a part of continuous progress made by his government in the field of power transmission. "It will reduce the load on other sub-stations and will improve power supply,'he said while dedicating the new . sub-stations in Bulandshahr, Muzaffarnagar, Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Sitapur and Mirzapur districts while laying foundation stone of new power sub-stations in Lucknow, Varanasi, Fatehpur, Gonda, Jhansi, Farrukhabad, Agra, Saharanpur, Meerut, Maharajganj, Bhadohi, Firozabad, Basti, Banda, Baghpat and Kushinagar. In the inauguration/foundation laying ceremony done through virtual medium, the CM Minister reiterated the commitment towards progressive development of the power sector in the state which according to him has been experiencing good results over a period of last four years.
The Chief Minister said that there was power crisis for the farmers before 2017. " Now, the situation is changed. The availability of power has reduced the cost of farmers and contributed to increase in agriculture production," he said adding "Today you can see that electricity is everywhere in the village or cities. It helped to build Covid Hospital in remote areas of the state and to provide telemedicine and telecommunication facilities because of available electricity.
The Chief Minister said that electrification has been done in more than 1.21 lakh villages while free electricity connections have been provided to 1.38 crore consumers.
He said that the concrete steps being taken by his government have resulted in streamlining the Power generation, transmission and distribution in the last four years. " Another notable feature of the present government has been that there is no discrimination in the distribution of electricity on religion, region or other grounds,' he asserted.
The CM said that an increase in the load carrying capacity came handy during the summer, when the demand for electricity was the highest. " Even during the Covid times, when the people had to remain indoors, the robust power supply mechanism ensured uninterrupted and adequate electricity, " he said.
UP Power Minister Shrikant Sharma, speaking on the occasion, said that due to continuous efforts, the problem of low voltage had been taken care of well while the compliance with the roster and redressal of consumer complaints being on top of the agenda. He credited the Chief Minister for the betterment of power system in the state. Several MPs and MLAs, including Union Minister of State Sanjeev Balyan, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, State Minister of State Udaybhan Singh, described the past four years as 'historical' as far as the growth of power sector was concerned.

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