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Andhra Pradesh pushes for rural electrification

Andhra Pradeshࢀ™s government has urged Indiaࢀ™s federal government to continue with implementing the scheme for rural electrification in the 12th Energy Plan.

Local distribution companies in Andhra Pradesh have so far electrified 2.6 million rural households under the scheme, according to the Indian stateࢀ™s government.

Dinesh Kumar, principal secretary of energy for Andhra Pradesh, said that the state envisages expanding the programme during the 12th Plan to provide reliable and adequate power to consumers in rural areas. But funds allocated for this in the Plan are insufficient, he said.

Andhra Pradesh is considering a $1.6bn project for further electrification of remote and interior tribal habitations, decentralised distributed generation projects, and electrification of rural households.

Power utilities in the state have proposed implementing an action plan to streamline how distribution transformers are replaced within the schedule.

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