AP to implement ‘Urja Mitra’ by Nov-end

Vijayawada: To accelerate the implementation of various developmental works in the energy sector, in tune with the objectives of the AP government,  Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Energy I&I, CRDA, has reviewed the operational and financial performance of all power utilities in the state — APTransco, AP Genco and APDiscoms — with the concerned chairman and managing directors and other senior officials.

He stressed the need to implement national ‘Urja Mitra’ programme in two Discoms in Andhra Pradesh by the end of next month. Urja Mitra is a helpline through which customers can get information about power outages from distribution companies by dialing 14401. The helpline was launched by the Department of Telecom (DoT) of the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology last month.

Urja Mitra Helpline is for pan-India usage to send information through voice calls and SMSes. The information will apprise customers of power situation in their area so that they can plan accordingly. It is a mandatory service, which will be provided by all the telecom operators

At the previous power ministers’ conference held in Vadodara it was decided to set up a national-level dashboard to review the progress of “Urja Mitra” programme on a real time basis. The AP government has decided to hold the next power ministers’ conference in Visakhapatnam.

Officials said that the subscriptions to the Bonds issued by the state government as part of its commitment to UDAY scheme are encouraging. Against a target of Rs 8,256.01 crores, Rs 7,376 crores has been subscribed with low interest rates.

-NSS

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