Cover Story | October 2018
Best performing state in power reform - Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh is one of the new states which was carved out of Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 2000. It has a total area of 135,191 sq km and is the tenth largest state of India. Administratively, the state is organised into 27 districts with Raipur as the capital city. The state has high forest cover which constitute 55,674 sq km (41 per cent cover) of 135,191 sq km area. Out of 55,674 sq km of the forest cover 39,074 sq km of area identified as moderate to high dense forests. Chhattisgarh is one of the mineral rich states in India having major reserves of precious stones and diamonds, iron ore, coal, limestone, dolomite, tin ore, bauxite and gold. Chhattisgarh has the only active tin mine in India (in Bastar district) and one of the world's best quality iron ore deposits in the world (at Bailadila in Dantewara district). Chhattisgarh has 17 per cent of the total coal resources of India and contributes to around 21 per cent share in the total production. The state being a mineral-rich state has attracted many industries, majorly related to iron and steel and cement. Currently, the power supply position in the state is 24 hours. The state is able to provide uninterrupted power to all its consumers except for some agricultural consumers who are regulated at 18-24 hours of power supply to control the peak demand of the state during peak hours. According to the report of the Central Electricity Authority in the State Sector Performance-based Evaluation, the state's production houses have got the distinction of being the pioneers in the country.
<p> <span style="font-weight: bold;">INVESTMENTS</span><br />
Chhattisgarh in the last 14 years has invested around Rs 281.51 billion for electricity generation, which has resulted in the increase of production capacity of the state electricity company by two and a half times. Chhattisgarh currently has a total renewable energy potential of 4,500 MW which includes solar (grid connected and rooftop), wind, biomass and small hydro. The state has plans to add 2,640 MW of capacity till FY 2018-19, along with the installation of solar powered pump sets for the agricultural consumers which will benefit 16,000 consumers.</p>
<p>As regards the overall performance, it is one of those states that have added capacity on regular basis and most of the times has met the targets as well. The table clearly indicates that Chhattisgarh is one such state that has achieved the target capacities in FY18 and also in the past few years. To put things in perspective, targeted planned capacities in the Chhattisgarh were to the tune of 2,660 MW and the actual addition was to the tune of 2,660 MW.</p>