Efforts on to overcome crisisin power sector, says official

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Energy Secretary N. Srikant has said the State government is trying to bail the power sector out from an unprecedented financial crisis and making it an efficient one capable of meeting the growing power demand and supply with zero interruptions.

Towards achieving that goal, the department is working out a comprehensive action plan for enhancing internal efficiency, introducing sophisticated technologies in generation, transmission and distribution and improving power infrastructure to introduce international standards, according to him.

Participating as chief guest in the Engineer’s Day celebrations at Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station (SDSTPS) in Nellore district on Sunday, Mr. Srikant advised the engineers to take Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya as their role model who created wonders at a time when there was little advancement in technology.

New sub-stations

He exhorted the power sector engineers to promptly respond to complaints from the public and said the government was in the process of setting up 155 sub-stations of various capacities and investing ₹10,698 crore by 2023-24 for network improvement in voltage and capacity.

Energy efficiency

Besides, the government was giving high priority to energy efficiency as part of its efforts to supply cost-effective power.

AP-Genco Managing Director B. Sreedhar said the peak energy demand reached 10170 MW as on June-2019 from 7391 MW in March-2016.

It (APGenco) was gearing up to meet the rising demand and augmenting the infrastructure.

APSPDCL CMD H. Haranatha Rao, Genco Directors G. Chandrasekhar Raju (thermal), B.Venkatesulu Reddy (finance), B.A. Mohan Rao (HR & IR and hydel), A.P. Power Development Corporation CGM J. Raghavendra Rao, SDSTPS Chief Engineer S. Balaji and APSEB Engineers’ Association president M.Vedavyasa Rao were among those present.

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