Union Government will grant Rs. 800 crore under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana to Karnataka for the setting up of separate feeder line to provide 24 hours three-phase quality power supply to the farmers. Under the scheme, feeders have specially designed transformers to supply power to farmers said Shri Piyush Goyal , Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy.Addressing the media persons after the review meeting of Power Projects in Karnataka Shri Piyush Goyal said that the centre is planning to give Rs. 1,700 crore additional fund under DDUGJY to the state for the electrification of 8 lakh households of rural Karnataka which have not still been electrified. 24X7 power supply is the mission of the government and state and centre should work together to achieve the target by 2019, he added.
Karnataka has bigger plans for the new and renewable energy sector as the state is embarking on setting up of Asia’s largest Solar Park of 2,000 MW, at Tumkur, with the help of Government of India. This project is a fitting example for the ‘Team India’ working for the welfare of the people in the true spirit of cooperative federalism, Shri Goyal said. Operational issues of power transmission lines and transmission corridors have been sorted out in the review meeting. This will enable to have cheaper power, especially cheapest power in South India, wherein the input power cost will come down by 50% Shri Goyal said.
The country is gearing up to an installation capacity of 40,000MW of solar roof tower power project which will be a unique scheme in the country. Government of India is giving 15% subsidy to the household installation of solar roof tops. Answering a question the minister said that the coal block allocation will be done in a scientific manner and each state will be allotted a separate block, exclusively for the power needs of the state. Additional coal blocks will be allotted as per the need after the next round of allotment through transparent bidding process the minister added. Shri. D.K Shivkumar, Energy Minister, Government of Karnataka was also present.