On 17th June, the officials of the Andhra Pradesh Energy Department were instructed by CM, N Chandrababu Naidu to create plans that would bring down the power tariffs within the next one year. He has given them a deadline of a week to come up with this plan and has suggested that they go about the process by looking for ways to improve the efficiency of the power development plants in order to reduce the total power generation cost. He has also directed them to focus on completing the four mega solar parks that are being set up in Kurnool, Kadapa and Anantapur districts, within the stipulated time.
While addressing a meeting that was held to review the progress of various infrastructure projects, he said that more importance should be given to storing of renewable sources of energy as this will bring in new electricity reforms. The meeting majorly focused on conservation of energy and efficient techniques of power generation.
He said that the Panchayat Raj Departments and the Municipal Corporations should coordinate with the government for using the AP Fiber Grid which would come in handy for issuing the electricity bills and supplying water on real time basis. He has directed to create a task force that would facilitate the implementation of the various plans that are in the initial stages for the ports of Bhavanapadu and Machilipatnam. He added that this team should also be responsible for other important infrastructure projects involving the development of roads, waterways and airlines that would help to transform the state into India’s logistics hub.
He has directed the concerned officials to write to the Ministry of Petroleum to offer some assistance for speeding up the task of laying of gas pipelines.
He added that the functioning of the Energy Logistics Universities that are being set up in the districts of Kakinada and Anantapur, would begin this year from temporary campuses. The permanent buildings are under construction and would be ready by end of the year 2018.