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Transmission capacity in South to be increased to 18,000 MW

To ensure continuous availability of power across India at uniform tariffs, the Union Ministry of Power plans to increase transmission capacity in the southern region to 18,000 MW by 2019-20. 
“In less than 18 months, we have increased the transmission capacity in South India by 71 per cent. In the next two years, we want to add another 80 per cent on this. Effectively, in three and a half years, we shall have doubled the transmission capacity to 10,000 MW,” said Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy. 
“By 2019-20, we want to scale it up further to 18,000 MW,” he added. 
Higher tariff
The southern region has often suffered from inadequate transmission capacity, leading to power supply problems, with the result that merchant power tariffs in the region have been significantly higher than the rest of India. 
The Minister said the increase in transmission capacity in the southern region has already led to power tariffs on the exchanges being same across the region on three days in the past two months. 
Surplus situation
Asked about the government’s plans to address the surplus situation affecting power generators, Goyal said, “We have been able to convert the perpetual shortage scenario into a surplus situation in a short span of 18-20 months.” 
The Minister added that issues of lack of demand from electricity distribution utilities due to their financial constraints are being addressed through the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY). 
“Already, four States – Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh – have signed MoUs for joining UDAY. Bihar has finalised the agreement and is expected to sign it shortly,” Goyal said.