Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has embarked on a power revolution that will make MP a power surplus state like Narendra Modi's Gujarat. The central Indian state ruled by the BJP will become power surplus state next year and will continue to stay in that happy state of affairs till 2018. Currently, the state generates 10,705 MW of power and it will go up to 14,736 MW by 2014. This translates into 61,422 Million Units, to be pumped into the electricity distribution grid.
Chouhan's state will achieve power surplus due to the commissioning of Satpura Thermal Power Station and Shri Singaji Thermal Power Project.
Madhya Pradesh has country's lowest transmission and distribution (T&D) loss at 3.51 percent. This makes utilisation power to the fullest without much loss during transmission from generating units to the consumer.
At the consumer end, the state one of the unique schemes, especially for the rural and agriculture community areas. It has 'Own Your Transformer' Scheme by which the cultivator can bring his own transformer for better power connectivity.
The rural areas also enjoy a SMS based service for timely replacement of failed transformers or other power equipment.
The state has invited private distribution companies (DISCOMs) to operate in towns and the tier three cities like Gwalior, Sagar and Ujjain have already been awarded to private companies.
As an incentive to the agriculture community, the state has introduced a flat rate for all agricultural pump connections, wherein a farmer will pay Rs 1,200 per HP per month in 2 installments.
It will also ensure continuous 8-10 hours of quality power supply to the agri consumers through separate feeders.
According to Chief Minister Chouhan 'power brings prosperity'. And, he is right.