POWER

₹8,982 crore released for payment of subsidies to DISCOMs

The State government on Wednesday informed the Legislative Assembly that it had released ₹8,982 crore for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years (₹4,230 crore and ₹4,752 crore respectively) towards the subsidies payable to the power distribution companies (DISCOMs).

A sum of ₹13,390 crore is due to the DISCOMs towards subsidies on power connections to the agriculture and aquaculture sectors and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SCs and STs) and arrears. In total, ₹12,812 crore has been sanctioned to them through budget release orders for 2020-21 (₹6,709 crore) and 2021-22 (₹6,103 crore), according to a reply deemed to be given by Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy to a question posed by YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MLA D. Sreedhar Reddy, M. Venugopal, Gudivada Amarnath and Kolusu Parthasarathy.

Polavaram project
The government said that 74.75% of the headworks of the Polavaram irrigation project and 20.19% of the land acquisition and relief and rehabilitation works were completed as on August 31, 2021.

The overall progress was 41.78% as 92.57% and 71.12% of the right and left main canal works respectively have been completed

Source
The Hindu
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