Mega expansion plan for rural electrification
The power ministry has worked out a mega expansion plan for village electrification in the coming financial year which may require an investment of over Rs 16,500 crore through many central schemes including the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). The plan is to cover 2,984 villages under DDUGJY apart from extending electricity connections to four million Below Poverty Line (BPL) households in the coming year. Apart from Rs 16,500 crore required for village electrification schemes, the ministry has projected a separate fund requirement under other central schemes – Rs 5,700 crore for Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), Rs 1,548 crore for power system improvement in North-East excluding Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, Rs 1,500 crore for transmission system strengthening in the two states and Rs 312 crore to set up a 220 kilovolt transmission line from Srinagar to Leh. The ministry is also planning to spend Rs 180 crore for the smart grid programme.