“100 per cent power con­nec­tiv­ity for all”

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES NATIONAL -

Stat­ing that the gov­ern­ment’s aim is to pro­vide elec­tric­ity for all cit­i­zens ir­re­spec­tive of Be­low Poverty Line (BPL) or Above Poverty Line (APL) cri­te­rion, Power Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal said that the states are free to use any data they want to im­ple­ment the ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion projects. “Dur­ing our de­lib­er­a­tions, our Power Sec­re­tary raised the is­sue of BPL data, which ac­cord­ing to him is not up­dated... I have taken a de­ci­sion that states are free to take into ac­count any data they want to im­ple­ment the ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme. Do not dis­crim­i­nate be­tween cit­i­zens. Our aim is to pro­vide elec­tric­ity to all. Don’t re­strict your­self to BPL or APL. Once elec­tric­ity reaches a vil­lage, elec­tric­ity should reach all houses. We had cal­cu­lated Rs 3000 av­er­age cost in BPL fam­i­lies. You take an av­er­age cost for the rest as well and what­ever amount will be re­quired, you can use the funds from our schemes. If you need more funds to pro­vide elec­tric­ity to all ru­ral houses, then Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Cor­po­ra­tion (REC) will pro­vide long-term fi­nance to states at a lower rate of in­ter­est so that states can achieve 100 per cent house­hold con­nec­tiv­ity in vil­lages,” he said.

“Ev­ery smart city will have smart rly sta­tions”

Union Min­is­ter for Rail­ways Suresh Prabhu said that each of the 100 smart cities will have smart rail­way sta­tions. By 2019, In­dia’s first green cor­ri­dor will be ready and trains of which will have bio-toi­lets, he said. The 114-km-long Mana­madu­rai–Rameswaram stretch of South­ern Rail­way was In­dia’s first‘Green cor­ri­dor ’ in June 2016.

“Fo­cus now on hy­dro, wind”

The Power Min­is­ter said that the gov­ern­ment has de­cided to re­move road­blocks in the path of the wind and hy­dropower sec­tors after hav­ing fo­cussed on so­lar.

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