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Naidu directs Energy Dept to ensure 24X7 power for industries

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Hyderabad: With signing of pacts envisaging investments worth Rs 4.76 lakh crore in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has instructed Energy Department and discoms to immediately chalk out a special mechanism to provide uninterrupted power supply to industries in the state.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) are a boon to the state, Naidu said and directed the officials of the Energy Department to put all out efforts to materialise the pacts signed during the CII Partnership Summit held recently at Visakhapatnam.

“Draw up comprehensive action plans, take up weekly reviews and ensure that all these plans are grounded and commissioned as per the plan/schedule,” an official release quoted the Chief Minister as saying.

Energy Secretary and AP State Energy Conservation Mission’s Vice Chairman Ajay Jain said that out of the total proposed investments of about Rs 4.7 lakh crore (328 MoUs), an outlay of about Rs 1.38 lakh crore is proposed in energy sector itself.

Jain informed that the CM instructed to study the best practices for reaching the global standards of maximum 100 minutes of interruption per year and maximum 10 outages per feeder per year.

This is to be implemented by regular maintenance works and thorough monitoring by CMDs of the discoms by utilising the investments through programmes under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, Integrated Power Development Scheme and World Bank, to reach the global standards.

According to the release, Naidu directed that top priority should be given to interruption-free quality power supply for industrial zones like Sri City, Krishnapatnam, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada.

AP has overcome the power-deficit situation of about 22 million units per day into a surplus situation within a span of one year, the release added.

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