IPDS Scheme (Integrated Power Development Scheme)

Updated on Jul 25, 2020

Overview

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Integrated Energy Development Scheme with the Ministry of Power. The need for starting the scheme was continuous renovation and creation of infrastructure. Under this scheme, with the support of the Central Government, the State Government will ensure 24/7 electricity. All the private sector distribution bodies and state power departments will be eligible for financial assistance.

The project of the Ministry of Power, IPDS scheme will aim to strengthen the sub-transmission network, and it will accelerate metering, IT applications, customer service, provision of solar panels, and restructuring of ongoing energy development and improvement programs (RAPDRP). This will also include the closing.

The Integrated Power Development Plan will expand financial support from capital expenditure to supplement the DISCOMO or Department of Power resources to reduce the gap in sub-transmission and distribution networks and metering in urban areas. Currently, the government is planning to expand the scheme to urban areas. The first phase can be adopted in towns with populations up to 15000, and the population limit can be gradually reduced to 5000.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Integrated Energy Development Scheme on 18 September 2015 in his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, at a public meeting at DLW grounds.

Objectives

The plans under this scheme will be made for specific urban areas such as the statutory towns. And the program will cover work-related to amplification of sub-transmission, allocation of networks, and distribution of solar panels for the government buildings, net metering, distribution, and metering of feeders/consumers/transformers for people living in urban sections, etc. 

  • Increasing the distribution and sub-transmission of connections in urban regions.
  • Delivery and metering of feeders/consumers/transformers for people living in urban sections.
  • IT-enabled of allocated sector and increase in the distribution of networks under the R-APDRP as per the 12th and 13th projects transported by the approved outlay of R-APDRP to Integrated Power Development Plan.
  • The scheme for ERP or Enterprises Resource Planning & IT enablement for balances urban places are also incorporated under the program. The scope for IT enablement had been expanded to every 4041 urban areas, according to the 2011 census.
  • The underground cabling also includes added demands from States and advanced metering results, and for giving UDAY states & Solar Panels for government buildings along with net-metering is also included in the IPDS scheme.

Features

To help keep pace with the increase in electricity demand, the Indian government will provide budgetary support. The project worth Rs 45,800 crore over the entire implementation period of IPDS includes:

  • Overhead power lines in Varanasi will be converted to underground cabling, especially near the Ghats, as well as proximity to temples.
  • The power assets in the sub-centres, lines, and distribution transformers will be upgraded as well as the old sub-stations' capacity.
  • Roof-top solar panels will be installed in government buildings.
  • IPDSAT & C will help in the reduction of losses (integrated technical and commercial).
  • IT-enabled energy accounting or audit system will be established.
  • End-to-end meetings to ensure the need for necessary accounting, billing, load pattern evaluation, and infrastructure planning.
  • Proper metering will also help identify high-loss pockets so that remedial measures can be initiated for deficit reduction.
  • Improvement in energy billed based on enhancements in meter consumption and collection efficiency.

Eligibility Criteria

Every private sector Discoms and State Powered Departments are qualified for financial aid under the scheme. However, the concerned Discoms are responsible for the management, regulations, and maintenance of the assets. If, at any region, the power supplying is done by the private sector Discom then the scheme will be regulated by the State Government.

Funding

For non-special category states, the grant received for this project is 60% of the total financial cost up to 75% on the achievement of the proposed targets, and 85% for a particular category states up to 90 percent after achieving the intended goals. Values ​​for additional grants have been set, Reduction in AT&C losses as per the trajectory of the project completed within the stipulated time, and the subsidy given by the state government. 

IPDS is indeed a positive step towards a brighter future, which will boost India's economic growth. Power is essential for the overall development of the nation, and by introducing this scheme; the central government is ready to move India in the right direction of growth.

Official Website for IPDS Scheme

You will be able to access the official website here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the IPDS scheme?

The IPDS scheme is for continuous renovation and creation of infrastructure. Under this scheme, with the support of the Central Government, the State Government will ensure 24/7 electricity for all.

Q. Who launched the scheme?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Integrated Energy Development Scheme on 18 September 2015 in his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, at a public meeting at DLW grounds.

Q. What is the objective of the scheme?

The project of the Ministry of Power, IPDS will aim to strengthen the sub-transmission network, and it will accelerate metering, IT applications, customer service, provision of solar panels, and restructuring of ongoing energy development and improvement programs -RAPDRP. This will also include the closing.

Q. What is the funding pattern for the scheme?

For non-special category states, the grant received for this project is 60% of the total financial cost up to 75% on the achievement of the proposed targets, and 85% for a particular category states up to 90 percent after achieving the intended objectives. 

Q. What is the eligibility for the scheme?

Every private sector Discoms and State Powered Departments are qualified for financial aid under the scheme.

Q. Does the scheme apply to rural or urban areas?

The government is planning to expand the scheme to urban areas. The first phase can be adopted in towns with populations up to 15000, and the population limit can be gradually reduced to 5000.

Q. Does the private sector Discoms are allowed to regulate the scheme?

No, the concerned Discoms are responsible for the management, regulations, and maintenance of the assets. If, at any region, the power supplying is done by the private sector Discom then the scheme will be regulated by the State Government.


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WRITTEN BYVarsha Verma

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