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Haryana farmers to get power for two more hours daily for paddy sowing: Minister

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Chandigarh, July 8 (MNN) Haryana Power Minister Ranjit Singh said that farmers would be supplied electricity for two more hours daily with immediate effect for sowing paddy due to delayed monsoon in the state.

Singh said farmers would thus get electricity for ten hours so as to take care of shortage of water for irrigating the crop till the onset of monsoon.

The Minister claimed that the state has sufficient electricity and that farmers would not face any problem.

Haryana consumed 12,125 MW electricity on Wednesday, which was the highest ever.

He said that the Electricity Department did not impose cuts in the state and if there was any disruption for some time, it could be due to maintenance issues.

He said that tube-well connections are issued to farmers under the state government policy, wherein priority was given to drip system irrigation in areas with underground water level below 100 feet.

Pending tube-well connections in the state would also be released in the next six months, the Minister assured.

Meanwhile, Haryana Electricity Department Additional Chief Secretary PK Das said that Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigams had met the highest-ever demand of 12,120 MW on July 7 by supplying 2,638 lakh units without cutting power to any category of consumers, including industrial and agricultural consumers.

He said that this peak demand is 11.25 per cent more than last year’s peak demand of 10,894 MW. The maximum power supplied on any single day last year was 2,358 lakh units.

He said that Haryana power corporations were supplying 24X7 electricity to 5,309 of the 7,045 villages and adequate arrangements made to meet ever-increasing power demand this year.

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