GUWAHATI, April 2 - Power Minister Pallab Lochan Das today told the Assembly that 24,10,388 families of Assam are yet to get power connections to their homes, even as all the villages covered by the 2011 Census have almost been covered by the rural electrification programme.
Das stated this in a written reply to questions put by Phani Bhusan Choudhury of AGP. He further said the above families would be provided power connections under the Saubhagya Scheme by 2019. The government is also making efforts at fully electrifying those villages, which are partially covered under the rural electrification programme in 2018-19.
In February 2018, the APDCL was to get Rs 27.30 crore from the Nagaon Paper Mill of the Hindustan Paper Corporation, Rs 33.77 crore from the Cachar Paper Mill of the HPC and Rs 20.85 crore from the Assam Tea Corporation, he said.
The APDCL is presently purchasing 380 MW of power from the NTPC Ltd at the rate of Rs 2.4 to Rs 5.3 per unit. It is purchasing between 150 MW and 500 MW of power from NEEPCO at the rate of Rs 1.6 to Rs 5.03, 230 MW of power from the ONGC Tripura Power Company at the rate of Rs 3.61 per unit, 10 MW to 30 MW of power from the NHPC Ltd at the rate of Rs 2.11 per unit, 18 MW from the SECI at the rate of Rs 6.55 per unit, 0.5 MW from the Heyen Hydel PVT Ltd at the rate of Rs 4.11 per unit, 1.4 MW from the Suryatap Energy at the rate of Rs 8.18 per unit, and between 250 MW and 430 MW from the Indian Energy Exchange at the rate of Rs 2.5 and Rs 7 per unit.
The progress attained so far in implementing the Rs 262.02-crore, 70-MW Lakwa Replacement Power Project is 97.8 per cent, while the progress attained in implementing the Rs 145.95-crore, 13.5-MW Meintreng Small Hydroelectric Power Plant is 94.5 per cent.
The Minister further told the Assembly that 90 per cent progress has been made in implementing the Rs 693.73-crore, 100-MW Namrup Replacement Power Project. He said the bids against the tender floated for the Rs 26.81-crore, 70-MW Amguri Solar Park would be opened on April 4. The Solar Energy Corporation of India has been entrusted with the job to select the developer for the Park.