Andhra Pradesh has achieved the rare distinction of electrifying all its households by June this year and it has now become the third state in the country after Gujarat and Punjab to achieve the feat, principal secretary (Energy, Infrastructure and Investment and CRDA) Ajay Jain said here on Friday. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Ajay Jain gave a briefing about the ongoing developmental activities and performance of the Energy Department in AP.
Citing that on an average 35 per cent of the households in the country still lack power connection, Ajay Jain said the requests for new and additional connections were being given in a day for domestic consumers in towns which was less the time prescribed in the Standards of Performance (SoP) regulations issued by the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC). “Andhra Pradesh has achieved cent per cent electrification of its household by June this year. The department has been framing several plans to ensure to provide 24/7 uninterrupted power supply to all the sectors across the state," he said.
As a part of the 'ease of doing business' (EDB) programme, the government has issued order recently to dispense with the mandatory need of obtaining feasibility certificate by prospective industries for new power connections." The single window system, deemed permissions beyond 21 days are also being offered to industrial consumers to ensure rapid economic growth," he said. The department has now revamping its transmission and distribution infra for which the World Bank has agreed to sanction `2,500 crore .