Union minister of state for power Piyush Goyal, along with top officials of his ministry, will hold a high-level meeting with chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday at Amaravati on key issues relating to the power sector. During the meeting the state is expected to enter into an agreement with the Centre on Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). As per the scheme, the Centre will take steps to relieve the AP Power Distribution Companies (Discoms) of the `9,000-crore debt burden.
Principal secretary (energy) Ajay Jain said here on Friday that the Centre was also keen on studying the latest initiatives taken by the state government such as setting up of a new entity, APSeedco (Andhra Pradesh State Energy Efficiency Development Corporation Limited), exclusively for energy efficiency programmes in the state. The AP Fibre Grid project, which aims at providing 100 Mbps Internet connection to all the households in the state, will also be explained to the Union minister.
According to Jain, the state was following an innovative approach to using the latest technological advancements for mapping power lines that include mapping of the locations of substations and electrical poles across the state. “The entire statewide mapping was accomplished in a record period of one week and 10,000 km of aerial optical fibre cable (OFC) was laid on electrical poles in a record span of three months, which encourages other states to follow the AP model of fibre grid. Hence the discussion of this project at Friday's meeting," Ajay Jain said.