It’s Pay Up Time: States Urged To Clear Power Dues, Get New Solar Projects

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If the commoner could pay their electricity dues regularly, why can’t the states do the same? 

In the light of unpaid dues, the Prime Minister urged states to pay up their dues to power companies without delay. Amongst the leading states in outstanding dues are  Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra, and Rajasthan. 

These unpaid dues, estimated to be around Rs.2.5 trillion, have crippled the power companies, which play a big role in accelerating the growth of the nation.

‘Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya — Power @2047′ took place virtually from July 25 to 30 as part of the ongoing ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

Organized across the country, it showcases the transformation in the power sector achieved in the last 8 years. 

During the same event, the PM made these announcements and launched the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme of the power ministry. 

The scheme aims to improve the quality, reliability, and affordability of power supply to consumers through a financially sustainable and operationally efficient distribution sector.

To make matters worse, power companies do not get even the money that has been committed for subsidy on electricity in different states on time and in full. The arrear works out to be more than Rs. 75,000 Cr!

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About 1,70,000 MW of electricity generation capacity has been added in the country. One Nation One Power Grid has become the strength of the country today. Also, about 1,70,000 circuit kilometer transmission lines have been laid to connect the entire country.

Furthermore, by giving 3 crore connections under the Saubhagya Scheme, the country is also nearing the saturation goal.

The PM took the opportunity to dedicate and lay the foundation stone of various green energy projects of NTPC worth over Rs. 5,200 Cr. Solar Projects in Telangana, Kerala, and Rajasthan were inaugurated. 

Green Hydrogen Mobility Project in Leh and Kawas Green Hydrogen Blending with Natural Gas project in Gujarat were also launched. 

Some more feathers in the hats of the power sector include the launching of a national solar rooftop portal, which will enable online tracking of the installation process of rooftop solar plants.

Too long? Here’s a one-liner: PM urges states to pay up outstanding dues to power companies worth almost Rs.2.5 trillion during the closing function of the ‘Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya Power @2047’ event virtually; solar projects inaugurated in several states.

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