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Peak power deficit in India almost ‘wiped out’: Power Ministry

New Delhi: The power ministry on Monday stated the peak power demand deficit in the nation has come down by 16.2% over the past 13 years, and it has almost been “wiped out”.

The ministry stated that the deficit stood at 0.4% in 2020-21 related to 16.6% in 2007-08 and 10.6% in 2011-12.

The report was in response to a tweet posted out by the All India Mahila Congress (AIMC). The women’s wing of the party claimed that India reported a power supply deficit of 1,201 million units in October. Also, they further alleged that it was the highest in five and a half years.

Contradicting the claims of the Congress, the power ministry said it was through the “multi-pronged, thorough and aggressive” interventions of the Centre that the shortfall almost “wiped out”.

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The peak power deficit was 0.4% (2020-21), 0.7% (2019-20) and 0.8% (2018-19). In the last seven years, the augmentation of the established power potential in the nation was 1,55,377MW, the power ministry stated.

“The projects under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), started in July 2015. So, this project looked into the infrastructure push in the rural sector. Also, the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) addressed power infrastructure gaps in urban areas,” it added.

The Saubhagya project, begun in September 2017, intended to take power to every home. It has been handy to provide power connections to 2.8 crore families.

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