The government has launched several ground-breaking initiatives in the power sector. These reforms have transformed the industry, to provide affordable electricity to all. The electrification of approximately 18 thousand villages that previously did not have access to power demonstrated the government’s commitment to ensuring last-mile outreach.
The Bijli Mahotsav programs serve as a venue to celebrate the cooperation between the state and federal governments and to draw attention to significant developments in the energy industry. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in the Grand Finale via video conferencing, “Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya Power @2047.”
The State Energy Department has chosen the venues for the celebrations, working with national organizations like BEE, NTPC, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), and REC. The State Energy Department has also made plans to show exhibitions and short videos on one nation, one grid, and renewable energy.
What is Ujjwal Bharat, Ujjwal Bhavishya Powers @2047?
- The Electricity Department conducted it from July 25–31, 2022, in all districts of India as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The Ministry of Power and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) started it to highlight changes and accomplishments in the light bill over the past eight years.
- In accordance with this program, the Ministries of Power and MNRE also coordinated the “Bijli Mahotsav” in all districts of India from July 25–31, 2022, with the help of the state and federal governments.
- More than 1500+ events/ activities were organized at the district level in coordination with District administration.
The Prime Minister will also dedicate and lay the cornerstone for a number of NTPC green energy bill projects totaling more than 5,200 crore rupees. In a virtual ceremony, he will save the 100 MW NTPC Floating Solar PV Project to the country in Ramagundam, Telangana. This will make it possible to track the installation of rooftop solar plants online, from when applications are registered to when subsidies are released into the bank accounts of residential consumers following the installation and inspection of the plant. The largest floating solar PV project in the nation will begin operating for commercial purposes at midnight on July 1st.
The Solar project includes cutting-edge technological and eco-friendly features. The project, which spans 450 acres of its reservoir, was built with a cost of 423 crore rupees through BHEL’s EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) contract. One inverter, transformer, and high-tension breaker make up the floating platform. The high-density polyethylene (HDPE) floaters on which the solar modules are mounted.
The government has launched numerous ground-breaking projects in the power industry. The sector has changed due to these reforms, which put an emphasis on providing everyone with access to affordable biliji bills. The electrification of about 18,000 previously unconnected villages demonstrated the government’s dedication to ensuring last-mile outreach.
The country’s significant advancements in the power sector and Energy Vision 2047 are expected to be further discussed by the prime minister.
In September 2024, 3,000 MW of solar energy will be made available, followed by 3,000 MW in September 2025, and 1,000 MW in September 2026. The government has planned to build 29 Pumped Hydro Storage Power Projects (PSP) across all districts with a capacity of 33,240 MW, keeping in mind the future energy demand.
To support renewable energy projects for energy bill export, the government has also introduced the Renewable Energy Export Policy. For the separation of agriculture feeders, the government has allocated roughly Rs 1,700 crore, which will contribute to the provision of free daytime power for nine hours. In order to strengthen DISCOMS, it has also provided financial support to power utilities in the amount of Rs 34,000 crore.
The government of India has chosen Visakhapatnam as a symbol of recognition for the electricity sector and the efficient execution of its numerous electricity-related programs. The State Government was informed of this by the Ministry of Power. During the event, the prime minister will outline his plan for enhancing the power sector.
According to BEE & REC, the Prime Minister will communicate with recipients of various programs’ energy bills via video conference and outline the government’s plans for the sector by 2047 when the nation will have achieved 100 years of independence. This is all about the government’s 2047 decision to implement the Bijili Bill reforms.