India will not have a power deficit this year for the first time in history, according to the latest data from the Central Electricity Authority.
The situation officials say is an outcome of the Modi-led government’s initiatives to resolve burning issues like fuel scarcity, reported the Economic Times.
The country will have a surplus of 3.1% during peak hours and 1.1% during non-peak hours during 2016-17, latest data from the Central Electricity Authority suggests. The peak-hour deficit was at -3.2% last year during 2015-16, while the non-peak-hour deficit was at -2.1%. The deficit was as high as 13% about 10 years ago.
The NDA government counts power surplus scenario as one of its big achievements. Coal output, which was stagnant for years, has increased significantly, helping many stranded power plants start generating electricity.
According to the data provided, the country will have more electricity than required, half the states will have surplus power while others may have a deficit in varying proportions. Southern and western India will have a surplus of 3.3% and 6.9%, respectively, and the eastern, north-eastern and northern regions will have a deficit of 10.3%, 8.3%, and 1.8%, respectively.
However, it hasn’t been justified through the data that state utilities often choose to black out areas to reduce their losses, or because of a technical failure, the report said.
CEA data also shows that states in southern India will have surplus power to the tune of 3.3% after being power starved for almost a decade.
Power minister Piyush Goyal has said that highest ever conventional power capacity of 46,453 MW has been added during two years of his tenure, about 11,000 MW of gas plants have been revived and coal shortages to power plants removed. Modi led government has promised to electrify all villages by 2018 and provide the 24×7 power supply for which it has signed specific action plans with 21 states.
The government’s data comes days after a joint study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India and consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers concluded that India’s power deficit may rise from 2.6% of peak demand in 2015-16 to 5.6% in 2021-22.
If the figures come true from the defined period, the power surplus scenario will be counted as one of the big achievements of the NDA government and definitely, the entire nation will look up to the fast paced development.