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Uttar Pradesh Leads Transmission Line Additions in 2023-24

According to the Central Electricity Authority’s latest data, Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the top state in terms of adding transmission lines by state transmission companies in 2023-24. This achievement follows its leading position in the previous fiscal year, 2022-23.

Top Performers in Transmission Line Additions

  • Uttar Pradesh: The Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (UPPTCL) led the pack by adding 1,460 ckm of transmission lines of 220kV or above in 2023-24.
  • Gujarat: Securing second place, Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Ltd (GETCO) added 898 ckm of transmission lines during the same period.
  • Tamil Nadu: Following closely, Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation Limited (TANTRANSCO) secured the third spot with 753 ckm of added transmission lines.
  • Andhra Pradesh: The Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (APTRANSCO) claimed the fourth position with 682 ckm of added transmission lines.

State Power Utilities Lead in Transmission Additions

  • In the fiscal year 2023-24, state government-owned power companies collectively added 6,993 km of transmission lines, representing about 64% of the set target of 11,002 km for both private and state government entities.
  • Major Contributors: UPPTCL accounted for over 20% of the total addition by state-run power utility companies, while GETCO contributed around 13% of the total.

Understanding Transmission Lines

  • Transmission lines form a crucial part of the power grid, facilitating the transfer of electricity from power generation plants to distant consumers. These lines create corridors for power transfer, bridging the gap between surplus power areas and regions with high power demand.

Role of the Central Electricity Authority

  • Established in 1951 under the Electricity Act of 1948, the Central Electricity Authority operates under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
  • Functions: It plays a pivotal role in drafting the National Electricity Plan, approving new hydel power plant setups, and ensuring compliance with national electricity policies.
  • Leadership: Currently chaired by Ghanshyam Prasad, the authority comprises six full-time members and a chairman, with its headquarters located in New Delhi.

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