Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has started the Chief Minister's scheme, giving great relief to poor families of the state. Under the scheme, poor families will not have to pay any service connection charges for new electricity connection.
The Chief Minister has made a budget provision of Rs 1208 crores for the energy department and power projects. In the budget speech, the Chief Minister said that currently five lakh consumers have old meters. This causes many problems to be raised.
During the year 2019-20, the Electricity Board will replace four lakh old electric meters to electronic meters. Iron pillars will be replaced instead of 26 thousand old wooden pillars this year. 850 new distribution sub-centers will be set up this year to provide new connections, improve voltage and smooth electricity supply.
The Chief Minister said that the transmission system will also be strengthened. In the coming financial year, the State Power Transmission Corporation aims to meet the projects of ADB Tranch 2 and Green Energy Corridor.
With this strong transmission system, 921 MW additional power transmittable can be done. The Chief Minister said that this year 500 MW capacity projects are likely to be operational. In this, the power board's 100 MW power-up to the third phase and Power Corporation's 111 MW capacity Barakada Kuddu project is included.
With these two projects, about 700 million units of additional power per year will be available in the state. He informed that for the diagnosis of low voltage problem and better power supply in the state, the Board has prepared external assistance project of 3200 crore.
It has been sent to the Central Government for approval. This year, it is proposed to set up two MW capacity solar power plant in Kaza. It is proposed to install 10 MW Grid Connected Solar Roof Top Power Plants by Ice Energy.
The Chief Minister said that the Renuka G Dam project has been declared a central government project of national importance.
There has recently been an inter-state agreement for its implementation. With the formation of this project, the state will receive about 200 million units of additional electricity.
Apart from this, the theoretical consent for funding of Rs 650 crore has been received from the external funded agency for implementing the 48 MW Chanju three and 30 MW Diothal Chanju hydropower projects located in Chamba.