For ensuring better yields, Telangana will provide 24X7 power supply to farmers from next year
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 25-Jul-2017

Telangana, July 25: Telangana steps forward to help farmers, set to provide 24X7 power supply to the farming sectors from next year, which will cover nearly a million agriculture consumers. Due to this farmers will be able to manage their power requirements and ensure better yields.

Transco chairman and managing director D. Prabhakar Rao said that uninterrupted power would be provided from February or March, and if necessary from January itself. Further, he said that there were 22 lakh agriculture pump sets and requested farmers to remove auto-starters from their pumps to save power and groundwater.

While addressing media, Prabhakar Rao said that Transco was supplying uninterrupted power on a trial basis to 9.85 lakh pump sets in Medak, Nalgonda and Karimnagar districts. This had increased the power demand to 15 million units.

According to Transco estimates, power demand would go up to 11,000 MW when this measure was fully implemented. Prabhakar Rao said in the last 3 years Transco had added 5,248 MW installed capacity, taking the total to 13,095 MW in the state.

Further, he said 800 MW would be generated from the Kothagudem thermal power station from December, two units of the 4x270 MW Bhadradri thermal station would start generating power in March 2018 and the other two four months later. He said that on the directions of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Transco had spent Rs 16,000 Crore on gearing up the system to supply 24x7 power to the agriculture sector.