PM to launch power sector’s Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme

PM to launch power sector’s Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the power sector’s Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme and open various green energy projects of NTPC worth over Rs 5200 crore on Saturday.
He will participate in the Grand Finale, marking the culmination of ‘Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya – Power @2047’ at 12:30 pm via video-conferencing. During the programme, the Prime Minister will launch the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme, besides dedicating and laying the foundation stone of various green energy projects of NTPC, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said here on Friday.
The Prime Minister will also launch the National Solar rooftop portal, it added.
As per a statement issued by PMO, the Ministry of Power’s flagship Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme was aimed at improving the operational efficiencies and financial sustainability of the DISCOMs and Power Departments.
With an outlay of over Rs three lakh crore over a period of five years from FY 2021-22 to FY 2025-26, the scheme aims to provide financial assistance to DISCOMs for modernisation and strengthening of distribution infrastructure, focussing on improvement of reliability and quality of supply to end consumers.
It also aims to reduce the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses to pan-India levels of 12-15 per cent and Average Cost of Supply – Average Revenue Realized (ACS-ARR) gap to zero by 2024-25 by improving the operational efficiencies and financial sustainability of all state-sector DISCOMs and Power Departments, it added.
As per the statement, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the 100 MW Ramagundam Floating Solar Project in Telangana and the 92 MW Kayamkulam Floating Solar Project in Kerala.
He will also lay the foundation stone of 735 MW Nokh Solar Project in Rajasthan, Green Hydrogen Mobility Project in Leh and Kawas Green Hydrogen Blending with Natural Gas project in Gujarat.
The Ramagundam project is India’s largest floating solar PV project with 4.5 lakh ‘Made in India’ solar PV modules.
Kayamkulam project is the second largest floating solar PV project consisting of three lakh ‘Made in India’ solar PV panels floating on water, it added.
The 735 MW Solar PV Project at Nokh, in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan is India’s largest Domestic Content Requirement based Solar project with 1000 MWp at a single location, deploying high-wattage bifacial PV Modules with tracker system, said the PMO.
The Green Hydrogen Mobility Project at Leh, Ladakh is a pilot project and aims for five Fuel Cell Buses to be run in and around Leh. This pilot project would be the first deployment of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles for public use in India. The Green Hydrogen Blending Pilot Project at NTPC Kawas Township will be India’s first Green Hydrogen Blending Project helping in reducing the usage of natural gas.
The statement further said that the Prime Minister will also launch a national solar rooftop portal, which will enable online tracking of the process of installation of rooftop solar plants, starting from registering the applications to release of subsidy in residential consumers’ bank accounts, after installation and inspection of the plant.
The ‘Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya – Power @2047’ programme, taking place from July 25 to 30, showcases the transformation in power sector achieved in the last eight years. It aims to empower citizens by improving their awareness and participation in various power-related initiatives, schemes and programmes of government, it added.
UNI

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