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Telangana: 24×7 free power supply to farmers from today as a test

The test trial will be held in Telangana for 5 or 6 days, and the scheme will be flung formally from March-April 2018.

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Hyderabad: The Telangana state government is all fixed to make history by giving 24×7 unremitting, free power to farmers all over the state on a trial base from Monday.

The test trial will be conducted for 5 or 6 days, and the scheme will be hurled formally from March-April 2018.

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Farmers are now getting 9 hours of free power. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao stated on Sunday that his “vision” of providing quality and continuous power to farmers at no cost was on the approach of becoming a realism.

The Chief Minister had met D. Prabhakar Rao, TS Genco CMD on this Sunday and told him to make sure that the 24-hour free power supply begins by March-April 2018.

Mr Prabhakar Rao stated that when the new supply is started on Monday night, he wants evaluations to be done and feedback supervised in all the districts, all divisions, sub stations, transformer-wise and every single minute should be observed for the next five to six days. There will be a evaluation of the six-day performance to see how 24-hour free supply can be continued on a permanent basis. However some states are providing free power to farmers, at present is the supply for the complete 24 hours.

TS requires 2,000 MW more for free supply

After the foundation of Telangana state in the year 2014, the state government had prolonged the six-hour free power supply to 9 hours.

As the Chief Minister had ordered 24-hours free power later, the power division has spent `12,000 crore to reinforce the distribution and supply network. Round-the-clock electricity was positively supplied on an trial basis to the old Medak district on 17th June this year, and also to the old Karimnagar and Nalgonda districts on 18th June.

There are about 23 lakh pump sets in the state, of which 9.58 lakh are in these three districts only. That is 43 percent of the pump sets in the state, with a supreme demand of 9,500 MW. The power was obtained and supplied.

To source 24-hour power to above 23 lakh pump sets moreover, the necessity will be for an extra 1,500-2,000 MW.

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