Hyderabad: The Electricity Department topped all others in terms of performance during the Palle Pragati programme, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has said.
“I have been an MLA since 1985 and have seen villages plagued by power supply problems. There was no concerted effort till now to address this issue and the ‘Power Week’ during the month-long Palle Pragati programme paid attention to these problems,” he said, at a meeting of Ministers, District Collectors and top officials in Pragathi Bhavan to assess the implementation of the programme.
“Though the programme is now over, it is heartening to see Electricity Department officials and workers continuing their efforts to make things better in villages,” he said, adding that 60 per cent of all required works have been completed.
The Chief Minister also announced the setting up of a committee comprising senior officials Somesh Kumar, Raghunandan Rao and Ajay Mishra to study extending three-phase power in ST colonies.
Green efforts come in for special praise
Chairman of TSTransco and TSGenco D Prabhakar Rao expressed satisfaction at the power utilities being adjudged as the best performing units in the 30-day Palle Pragati Action Plan aimed at turning all villages in the State clean and improve greenery by planting trees.
Prabhakar Rao was reacting to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao complimenting the power utilities’ staff including those from the two power distribution companies in the State for working hard and attending to electricity supply related issues, taking up repairs and improving supply systems in the villages. The Chief Minister’s comments came at a review on Thursday at Pragati Bhavan of Palle Pragati progress. The month-long programme was launched on September 5 and included a ‘Power Week’ to attend to electricity supply related issues in all villages.
Thanking the Chief Minister, Prabhakar Rao said all the power sector employees worked hard and round-the-clock during the programme. “We will continue serving people with the same dedication and spirit,” he said, adding that this would not have been possible without everyone, from senior officials to the ground level staff’s dedication to their work.
KCR praises district Collectors
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday complimented the Peddpalli, Sangareddy and Jayashankar Bhupalapalli district Collectors – A Devesena, Hanumantha Rao and Venkateswarulu – for their exceptional work and initiatives displayed during the 30-day Palle Pragati action plan for village development.
More trees to be planted
Extra efforts are required to improve tree cover in the State, particularly in Karimnagar, Jangaon, Yadadri-Bhongir, Suryapet, Warangal Urban, Gadwal, Narayanpet districts as well as in other areas where green cover is low, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said on Thursday.
At the meeting where Palle Pragati programme was reviewed, he said special efforts should be made to increase tree plantation in these districts as part of Telanganaku Haritha Haaram programme.
Officials told to eliminate dangers of hanging power cables
A special drive should be taken up to deal with the issue of low hanging power cables on the roadsides, outside villages and towns and along roads in the State, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has said.
He asked the Electricity Department to take up a programme on the lines of the one implemented during the ‘Power Week’ that was part of the 30-day Palle Pragati action plan successfully completed in villages in the State that addressed similar issues of repairs to power supply infrastructure.
He called on the department to identify power cables passing over homes both in rural and urban areas to eliminate any danger from them to people and prepare estimates for moving them and a plan on how to go about this task.
With respect to street lighting, once electricity meters are installed on all poles in villages, steps should be taken for timely payment of power bills.
The Chief Minister asked the Panchayat Raj Department Secretary to study the ways and means to prepare village extent plans with clearly demarcated village boundaries and that village roads should be registered as properties of the respective gram panchayats. Every land asset of a village, or homes in a village must be recorded according to a proper system and the owners should be provided with an appropriate title for the property. Models adopted in other states and countries that have implemented similar systems should be studied for the purpose, he said.
He also said that the committee headed by Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao should study and make plans for village layouts and submit a report to the government.
With respect to the expected crop production in the State this year, he said the expectations were that it would touch 75 lakh tonnes and district collectors should ensure staggered arrival of produce at market yards as well as at procurement centres.