The Union government is likely to invest about Rs 450 crore in the implementation of the Gram Ujala programme in Andhra Pradesh that may help lessen the burden of electricity bills on rural households.
The Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) will distribute about 4.4 crore LED bulbs to about 81.5 lakh rural households in the state. The programme will be implemented by CESL with major support from AP panchayat raj and rural development ministry.
This is in co-ordination with Andhra Pradesh State Energy Efficiency Development Corporation Limited.
The programme is expected to reduce electricity bills of rural households by Rs 600-700 a year. It will also help the AP power sector to reduce peak demand of 1,144 MW (megawatt), benefiting rural consumers as well as discoms.
The managing director of CESL, Mahua Acharya, met the minister for panchayat raj and rural development, Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy, and discussed the launching of the Gram Ujala programme. She requested the minister for finalising a convenient date, district and venue.
The CESL MD briefed the minister that five proactive states in welfare and energy efficiency programmes, including Andhra Pradesh, have been selected for implementing the Gram Ujala programme.
“CESL has already launched the programme in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh will be the third state being where the plan is to be launched soon,” said Acharya.