Bhopal/Jabalpur: In an initiative to prevent untimely power roistering in the state, the Madhya Pradesh Power Trading Company signed an agreement with the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) to purchase 105 megawatt power from the upcoming 2000 megawatt power plant in Arunachal Pradesh.

As per the agreement, Madhya Pradesh will receive 105 megawatt electricity from Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project, situated between state boundaries of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The power plant is presently under construction.

Going by the initial estimates, the project started by NHPC, a government of India body will keep the cost of electricity to Rs 2 per unit.

CFL Project biting dust

According to the sources in Energy Department, the Madhya Pradesh government framed policy to provide CFL of 11-15 watt and 20-25 watt at Rs 15. The government assigned responsibility to three power distribution companies.

Ironically, the scheme is gathering dust. Sources say, the implementation of the scheme could have saved Rs 300 crore.

Electricity bill for farmers twice in a year

Giving relief to farmers, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh has assured them of solving electricity crisis at the earliest. He announced that they will have to pay electricity charges only twice in a year.

He also said that separate feeds will be installed to supply power in the rural areas for 24 hours. With an expenditure of Rs 5,000 crore, the project will become functional from 2013.

JPN/Bureau