KOCHI, Nov 7 - Power ministers of all states and Union Territories today unanimously decided to ensure electrification of all the un-electrified villages by March 31, 2017 in mission mode under the Centre�s ambitious Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY).
The two-day conference of ministers of power, new and renewable energy and mines from states and UTs, which ended here today, also resolved to work in mission mode to complete the activities in the roll-out plan for achieving the �24x7 Power For All� by 2019 or earliest.
It was decided that the states whose plan documents on �Power For All� have not been prepared should get it expedited with the help of consultants and central team members so that all these documents are completed by December 31 this year.
In the conference chaired by Union Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal, the states agreed to set up solar parks as per stipulated schedule and to mandate installation of solar roof tops on government buildings. They also decided to encourage interstate and intrastate transmission of renewable energy through various steps like allowing open access, not charging wheeling charges, cross subsidy charges and banking charges, etc. States rich in wind resource agreed to put in place a mechanism for forecasting and scheduling of wind power by January 1, 2016.
In his concluding remarks, Goyal urged states to take steps to clear dues of power generation companies by March 2016 so that next financial year can be started on a clean slate. He also urged states to stand by their commitments in additional allocation of power and renewable energy. � PTI