Rural electrification likely to take centre stage at power ministers

New Delhi: The power ministers are likely to discuss on various bottlenecks pertaining to the effective implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), the flagship programme of Government of India, at the seventh power ministers’ conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Highly placed sources said, since the project is facing problems at various stages, the states would be asked to focus on difficulties of contract agencies and energisation of villages where work has been already completed.
Besides, the meeting, to be attended by the power ministers of all states and union territories, will also delve into key issues plaguing the ministry to ensure speedy implementation of various schemes.
While progress of the projects sanctioned under Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) will be analysed, Financial Restructuring Plan for State Owned Distribution Licensees & Model State Electricity Distribution Responsibility Bill is too expected to be discussed in the high-level meeting.
All the STUs are likely to be asked to have proper LTA/MTA planning to finalize and implement the Intra-State/sub-transmission systems in advance so as to ensure coordinated development of the national grid for delivery of power to common man, sources added.
Since the Regulatory Commissions are confronted with challenges arising out of autonomy on certain issues, the states are most likely to be asked to take steps for efficient operation of the these bodies.