In a review of the Energy Department during a meeting with the Council of Ministers here on Wednesday, Chief Minister Kamal Nath issued instructions to make adequate and continuous power supply to the power consumers at the Mantralaya.
The Chief Minister said that power should be supplied for agricultural work mandatorily for 10 hours. Power should be shut down only if it is for the work of sub-station/ construction or for something very important. Disruption of power supply of any kind will not be tolerated. He gave instructions for intensive and continuous monitoring of this.
In view of the importance of irrigation in the Rabi season, Chief Minister Kamal Nath instructed to change transformers immediately if they fail. He told to ensure that the transformer should be replaced new transformers with sufficient capacity within three-day. If assistance is given by farmers or power consumers for transportation in this work as per instructions of the state government, then they should be paid for the tractor etc.
Instructions for providing immediate assistance to people suffering due to damaged power lines should be strictly adhered to. The Chief Minister also instructed to set up a redressal camp to resolve the complaints regarding electricity bills.
Nath stressed on extensive campaign to strengthen call center / 1912 services and to ensure that the public gets its benefits. The Chief Minister said that callousness will not be tolerated in power supply. He also instructed to ensure 10-hour power supply for agriculture and 24-hour uninterrupted quality power supply for other consumers. Officials were told to ensure proper implementation of the instructions of the state government regarding power supply at ground level and not restrict it only to paper.
During the review of the Chief Minister, information regarding the availability of electricity, status of infrastructure, ongoing work, availability of adequate electricity for Rabi season, etc, was given. Banking and electricity sale and purchase were also reviewed. The department informed that with contracts signed recently and Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company and NTPC enhancing capacity of renewable energy in one or two years, sufficient power will be made available by the year 2024-25. The current state of renewable energy and enhancement of power capacity in the coming years was also discussed during the meeting. Officers of the Energy Department were present at the meeting.