PM Modi in Varanasi today, to launch Integrated Power Development Scheme

PM Narendra Modi statement to media after delegation level talks with Mauritius Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth.

Varanasi, June 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Integrated Power Development Scheme aimed at ensuring 24×7 power for all, during his visit here on Sunday.

The scheme is aimed at strengthening sub-transmission network, metering, customer care services, IT application, provisioning of solar panels and completion of the ongoing works of Restructured Accelerated Power Development and completion of the Reforms Programme (RAPDRP).

The Prime Minister, who will arrive at the LBS International airport at Babatpur, will be received by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Governor Ram Naik. From the airport, he will travel by helicopter and road to Banaras Hindu University (BHU), where he would inaugurate the newly built trauma centre.

Later at the DLW ground, Modi would launch the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), a flagship project of his government which aims at strengthening sub transmission and distribution network in the city along with 100 per cent metering facility.

The Scheme is being launched from Varanasi for which Rs 574 crore has been allocated. The sector’s key financer Power Finance Corporation would prepare the detailed project report (DPR).

The state government would then either bid the project or nominate agencies to execute the same as per the DPR.

The Centre will provide budgetary support of Rs. 45,800 crore over the entire implementation period of IPDS. Out of the total amount Rs 1,067 crore has been sanctioned for Uttar Pradesh including Rs. 572 crore for Varanasi.

The Project envisages converting area overhead lines into underground cabling in the areas around the temples and ghats in the Varanasi city.

The scheme includes upgradation of the electrical assets at sub-centers, lines and distribution transformers, capacity enhancement and renewal of the old sub – stations and installation of roof-top solar panel in government buildings. IPDS will help in reduction in AT&C losses; establishment of IT enabled energy accounting and auditing system, improvement in billed energy based on metered consumption and improvement in collection efficiency.

Along with the IPDS, the Prime Minister would also launch the ring road project for the temple town and also give nod to the conversion of the road from LBS International Airport to city’s Varuna bridge into a four-lane road, which is a part of NH 56.

Later, he would address “Vikas Sabha” at the same place where a large number of people are expected to attend.

(With Agency Inputs)

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