Shimla: Over 14 lakh consumers now getting zero electricity bill: CM
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the function organized by the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board to launch the Scheme, ‘125 Units of Free Electricity’ to the consumers of the state held Paddal ground at Mandi today.
Thakur said the state generates surplus electricity and it has about 24,567 MW power potential, out of which 11,138 MW stands harnessed.
It has set a target of harnessing 10,000 MW of additional power potential by the year 2030, out of which about 1500 to 2000 MW would be solar power.
The government has changed policies from time to time to encourage project builders to invest not only in hydro power projects but also in solar, wind and hybrid cum pumped storage. Construction work of 24 hydroelectric projects has been completed in the state during this tenure.
Thakur said out of a total 22,59,645 domestic consumers of the state, over 14,62,130 consumers were now getting zero Electricity bill. He said that on consumption of 125 units power, the consumers earlier had to pay about Rs. 600.
Thus providing 125 units free power, the State Government has ensured saving of about Rs. 600 per month for over 14 lakh consumers.