Integrated Power Development Scheme Benefits & IPDS Scheme Details

Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) launched by Government is basically a new form of Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) of UPA. This scheme focuses on improvement of T&D networks across India.

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Integrated Power Development Scheme Benefits & IPDS Scheme Details

Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) has been launched by the Govt. of India for the Urban/Semi-urban areas with the following components:

  • Strengthening of Sub-transmission and Distribution network in urban areas;
  • Metering of distribution transformers / feeders / consumers in urban areas and,
  • Rooftop Solar Project, installation of solar panels and smart/net meters as a mandatory component under IPDS

The ongoing scheme of R-APDRP will get subsumed in the new scheme of IPDS and will be continued as a separate component of IPDS for IT enablement of distribution sector and strengthening of distribution network in the urban areas.

The estimated cost of the scheme with the components of strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution networks, including metering of consumers in the urban areas is Rs. 32,612 crore which includes the requirement of budgetary support from Government of India of Rs. 25,354 crore over the entire implementation period.

Objectives of Integrated Power Development Scheme

The objective of the scheme is to ensure

  • 24×7 power supplies for consumers in urban area,
  • Reduction of AT&C losses as per trajectory (discom-wise) finalized by the Ministry of Power in consultation with States and
  • Providing access to all urban households

The above objective is to be fulfilled by identifying and addressing critical gaps in sub-transmission and distribution network considering all relevant parameters (such as voltage regulation, HT & LT ratio, optimum loading of transformers & lines, reactive power management, power factor improvement, standard of performance, ongoing works under other schemes) to arrive at broad scope of work to be implemented under the scheme.

Scope of Work under Integrated Power Development Scheme

The projects under the scheme shall be formulated for urban areas (Statutory Towns) only and will cover works relating to-

  • Strengthening of sub-transmission & distribution network, including provisioning of solar panels on Govt. buildings including Net-metering, metering of feeders /distribution transformers / consumers and IT enablement of distribution sector
  • Scope of IT enablement extended to the statutory towns having population upto 5000 as per Census 2011. In 1st phase towns having population upto 15000 may be taken up and the population threshold may be gradually reduced to 5000. For special category states the population threshold may be 5000.

Electricity is the key ingredient for accelerated economic growth and is considered vital for nation’s overall development. Providing reliable and quality power supply in an efficient manner is an immediate requirement of the day. There is a consistent increase in electricity demand, particularly in urban areas, due to increase in customer base, changes in lifestyle and consumption pattern, which requires continual up-gradation and creation of infrastructure for electricity distribution.

The sub-transmission and distribution network has therefore become a bottleneck in ensuring reliable and quality power supply to the consumers.

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