1.29 lakh households to benefit

1.29 lakh households in remote parts of Agency areas in the five coastal districts of the State, it will literally be a transition from darkness to light.

As part of the ‘Electricity for all’ initiative, the Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Corporation Limited (APEPDCL) will be providing power to the households by March 31 next year.

Most of the households are located in inaccessible tribal hamlets in mandals such as Paderu in Visakhapatnam district, Rampachodavaram in East Godavari district, Parvathipuram in Vizianagaram district, and Seethampeta in Srikakulam district.

According to APEPDCL Chairman and Managing Director R. Mutyala Raju, 10,000 villages will be covered in the five districts and these are the last places where electricity is yet to reach.

The process will be completed by combining both conventional and non-conventional energy sources.

While most of the villages will be covered by conventional energy sources, about 165 hamlets, most them in the remotest parts of Paderu mandal, will be electrified with solar power.

“As these hamlets are practically unapproachable in the absence of proper roads, we will set up solar plants ranging from 3 kw to 4 kw in each of the hamlets. It will serve the basic needs such as two lights and a fan. Once they become accessible, we will provide power from conventional sources,” said Mr. Mutyala Raju.

The Discom will be laying 6.3 KV lines up to the length of 1,515 km and low tension AB cable for 1,950 km.

“We will be utilising the existing sub-stations. About 4,100 single-phase DTRs will be installed for cutting down voltage fluctuations,” he said.

As part of the project, all the households have been identified and registered based on Aadhaar seeding. The project is being covered under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana and the Discom is being funded to the tune of Rs.106.63 crore.