PM Narendra Modi on 18 September 2015 formally launched the nationwide Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of the Prime Minister.
The purpose of the scheme is to strengthening power transmission and distribution network in urban areas.
The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the scheme on 20 November 2014 and the infrastructure developmental projects under it were already sanctioned.
Features of Integrated Power Development Scheme
• Strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network in the urban areas;
• Metering of distribution transformers /feeders / consumers in the urban areas.
• IT enablement of distribution sector and strengthening of distribution network.
Importance: It will help in reduction in AT&C losses, establishment of IT enabled energy accounting / auditing system, improvement in billed energy based on metered consumption and improvement in collection efficiency.
Expenditure: 32612 crore rupees will be spent on components related to sub-transmission and distribution networks and metering of consumers. It includes the requirement of budgetary support from the Union Government of 25354 crore rupees over the entire implementation period.
The components of IT enablement of distribution sector and strengthening of distribution network will cost 44011 crore rupees. 22727 crore rupees meant for the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP) for 12th and 13th Plans will be transferred to the scheme.
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When: 18 September 2015