A.P. govt. upgrades feeders for free power supply to farmers
To proceed supplying power free of price to the farm sector for 9 hours throughout the day, the Andhra Pradesh authorities has upgraded the agriculture feeders at a value of ₹1,700 crore .
Of the 6,663 feeders, solely 3,854 had been conducive for supplying power for 9 hours in two spells, therefore there was a necessity to increase their capability, an official launch stated. The intention is to make the feeder community sturdy so as to implement the scheme for the following 30 years with none hitch.
The agricultural feeders devour round 15,700 million items of power each year, which is sort of 24% of the entire power demand (66,000 MU each year) of the State. The authorities has sanctioned over 1.3 lakh new agricultural connections within the final two years.
The power utilities within the State have created a document of kinds by supplying free power to greater than 18 lakh agricultural providers throughout the day underneath the federal government’s flagship ‘Navaratnalu’ scheme.
Prior to June 2019, power used to be equipped for seven hours in two spells, together with the nights.
The power utilities accomplished the upgradation of the feeders and different infrastructure works in a yr from 2019 and had been ready to supply free power to all of the devoted agriculture feeders throughout the rabi season. The utilities already equipped free power to round 90% feeders within the kharif season in 2020.
According to the press launch, the subsidy given by the federal government to the agricultural sector in 2020-21 monetary yr was ₹8,559 crore as in opposition to ₹6,030 crore in 2018-19 fiscal.
In order to proceed the free power scheme to the farm sector for the following three many years, the federal government has undertaken the institution of an unique 10,000-MW photo voltaic power plant.