HDVS scheme for new connections to agri consumers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Oct 2018 09:36:08


Staff Reporter,

Arrears from agri consumers touch a mind-boggling Rs 32,000 crore

More than 2.28 lakh farmers who are awaiting electricity connection even after paying the connection charges, will get it through the High Voltage Distribution System (HDVS) Scheme. With this innovative scheme, the farmers will get appropriate and quality supply, said Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.

Between year 2005 and 2015, around 5.18 lakh agricultural connections were pending in the state. The State government took a major decision to give electricity connections to these consumers immediately and accordingly all the connections were given. Now, between 2015 and 2018, electricity connections to around 2.28 lakh agricultural pumps are pending, Bawankule stated. The state government has decided to give connections to these pumps; however for this, the task of finding an innovative technology was started. Later, the High Speed Distribution System Scheme was introduced wherein only one or two farmers will be given connection from a transformer. In this scheme, though the cost of initial installation is slightly more and is in the range of about Rs 2.5 lakh, but there will be no repairing cost or no instances of fire of transformer for next 20 years, Energy Minister stated.

Also, the consumers will get quality and appropriate voltage supply. Though the scheme is costly, but it has been started for the sake of farmers. According to Bawankule, during the tenure of this government, 7.50 lakh new electricity connections are being given to the farmers.

To give electricity to the farmers during daytime and to provide it with appropriate voltage and quality supply, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has already started ‘Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojna 2018.’ Presently 7500 farmers have been given connection under this scheme and eventually electricity will be supplied to 7.50 lakh consumers in the State by generating 3535 MW electricity. Currently, the cost of power supply is Rs. 6 per unit. However, the solar energy will be three rupees cheaper. In addition to this, through the ‘Atal Solar Agricultural Pump Scheme,’ one lakh solar agricultural pumps will be distributed to farmers on a subsidy for barely Rs 15-20, 000 in the remote, naxal-affected areas where electricity cannot be supplied easily.

According to Energy Minister, 1,500 water supply schemes have been brought under the solar energy and another 2,000 schemes will be supplied electricity through solar energy. The arrears of agriculture pumps have gone up to a staggering Rs 32,000 crore even after providing subsiding the power tariff. Though the actual cost of electricity is Rs. 6 per unit, but these schemes are required to pay only Rs. 1.80 per unit, thus a subsidy of Rs 4.20 per unit is extended. Expressing deep concern over growing arrears, Bawankule urged the big farmers and those who are financially stable, to clear their electricity bill dues.