Electricity tariff should be increased by 5 to 10 paise per unit: Goa Minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar | Goa News

PONDA: Energy Minister Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar said on Saturday that the government may increase the electricity tariff from 5 to 10 paisa per unit. The hike that was declared about six months ago would be implemented now to boost revenue so pending energy projects could get underway, he said.
“We will not be able to proceed with the pending underground cabling works across the state unless we implement the hike,” the minister said, speaking to reporters at an event held at Goa Engineering College (GEC), Farmagudi.
Dhavalikar further said that the Rs 5,000 crore underground cabling project will be completed within five years.
Dhavalikar said that over the past two years, there were 4,500 pending requests with the department for various requests including change of name, location, additional load, three-phase connections, etc. ordered to speed up the process.
“The remaining applications will be processed by Monday,” Dhavalikar said.
He said insurance coverage of Rs 10 to Rs 25 lakh will soon be provided for the safety of the linesmen.
“If anyone takes money for an additional charge, please let us know and we will take action immediately,” Dhavalikar said. The minister said he also plans to engage engineering students in development projects.
“We are planning to set up a 1 MW solar power plant on the GEC campus and its students will be encouraged to design and set up the plant. The plant will supply the university campus and the town of Ponda,” said Dhavalikar.
In addition, three additional power substations will be installed in Verna, Sancoale and Ponda to improve power supply in these areas, he said.
Dhavalikar, who also holds the housing portfolio, said the state government would review the dilapidated housing council buildings.
“We are planning projects to enable the poor natives of Goa to have their own homes in vacant housing council plots,” he said.
Some housing council buildings are in poor condition and the government plans to implement some measures to improve their condition, Dhavalikar said.

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