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Odisha Energy Minister Presents Budget For Assembly’s Nod, Says State Has Scripted Remarkable Success In 20 Yrs

Bhubaneswar: As the significant Budget Session of 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA) is underway, Energy Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra today presented the important department’s vote-on-account amounting Rs 2220.41 crore and Rs 30.47 crore towards administrative expenditure.

In his budget speech, the Minister said that the use of electricity by a nation or state stands as an index to development.

He claimed that Odisha has scripted remarkable success in the power sector in the last 20 years. The number of power consumers in the State has increased from 16 lakh to 96 lakh in the last two decades.

Similarly, the electricity line has increased from 8267 Ckt. Km to 13955 Ckt. Km. The number of grid sub-station in the State has increased from 61 to 148 within the two decades while the 33/11 KV sub-stations have increased from 550 to 833.

In 2000, the number of State’s Distribution Transformer was 40170 while it is now 221637 and there has been three-fold increase in Ht and LT Lines.

Approximately there has been a six-fold increase in the consumers status and despite the increase in electricity line, the State’s AT&C loss has been minimized and stands at 30%.

Because of its citizen-centric activities, the Odisha Energy Department has been awarded at both national and international level, claimed the Minister.

The Energy Minister also presented the budget outlay for the programmes undertaken for 2017-18, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

For the current fiscal year, the budget for Biju Gram Jyoti has been pegged at Rs 75 crore.

Rs 350 crore has been estimated for the State Capital Region Improvement of Power System (SCRIPS).

Rs 14.70 crore for the SMART GRID.

Rs  240 crore for the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY).

Rs 100 crore for the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS).

Rs 50 crore for the Odisha Transmission System Improvement Project (JICA).

Rs 150 crore for the SAUBHAGYA Yojana

Rs 10 crore for the ‘Ama Ghare LED Light’ programme

Rs 54.95 crore for the Radial to Ring Conversion Project (RRCP)

Rs 106.43 crore for the Disaster Resilient Power System (DRPS)

Rs 61.33 crore for the Disaster Response Centre (DRC)

Rs 100 crore for the elephant safety project

Rs 212.50 crore for the infrastructure development of Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Electrification Yojana

Rs 100 crore for the relocation of transformer in the premises of schools and Anganwadis.