“Urja Mitra empowers citizens with real-time information sharing on power supply”

May 23, 2017 11:44 am0 commentsViews: 88

MUrjaMitra1Power Minister Piyush Goyal at the launch of ‘Urja Mitra App’ and inauguration of the ‘Rural Feeder Monitoring Scheme’ said the government is engaged in preparing the nation to truly get 24×7 affordable, quality and uninterrupted adequate power. He said, “Power comes from information sharing and not by withholding it. Urja Mitra empowers citizens by real-time information sharing on power supply.” The minister also informed that power consumers across the nation would have prior intimation of expected duration and cause of scheduled power outages and post fault intimation of unscheduled power outages duration. Consumer can also view real-time power outages in any part of the country and lodge a complaint on power outages in its area. Complaints can also be lodged on helpline number 1912. Empowerment of all section of society has also been ensured by providing vernacular mobile apps.

Extension of mega power policy gets nod The government approved the extension of mega power policy to benefit 24 plants of 30,000 MW capacity that are expected to get benefits of over Rs 10,000 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved amendments to the mega policy and may extend the term of power purchase agreements signing to enable these 24 plants to avail the benefits of mega status. The mega status was provided to thermal plants of over 1000 MW and hydro plants of 700 MW.

Having a mega status gave these plants various incentives including lower customs duty, exemption from excise duty and deemed export benefits.

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