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Amid Power Crisis Across India, Rajasthan Govt’s 5-Point Solution To Tackle Electricity And Water Shortage

Even as many parts of the country faced power outages, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said there was no electricity shortage in the state. He listed out points to tackle high demand of water and electricity in the state.

Published: April 30, 2022 12:50 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Snigdha Choudhury

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New Delhi: Days after the Rajasthan government ordered power cuts in several parts of the state, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said there would be no shortage of water and electricity in the state despite the the geographical conditions due to his government’s “efficient management”. Gehlot’s remark comes as many parts of the country faced power outages due to coal shortage and heatwave.

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“The government’s top priority is to provide water to the villages. It will be ensured that people don’t face any problem in getting drinking water,” Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said after reviewing the works of energy, PHED, disaster management and Relief, MGNREGA and Gopalan departments.

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A potent combination of sweltering summer and acute coal shortages have triggered blackouts across many parts of the country as states struggle to manage record demand for electricity and low feedstock at power plants. From Jammu and Kashmir to Andhra Pradesh, consumers are facing power cuts ranging from 2 hours to 8 hours. Major cities including Gurugram, Delhi, Mumbai are facing power outages as a large part of the country continue to experience extreme heat in April. Amidst all this, the Rajasthan government has listed out few ways to tackle high electricity and water demand in the state.

Rajasthan govt on tackling power and water supply issues

  1. Inspection: Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot ordered top officials should visit different areas and inspect water and electricity supply arrangements. They should talk to people and solve their problems on the spot, Ashok Gehlot said, according to a report by news agency PTI.
  2. Water supplied through tankers on demand: CM Ashok Gehlot asserted that his government would ensure there is no shortage of drinking water in any district and directed officers that water is supplied through tankers on local demand.
  3. Immediate repair: Rs 50 lakh has been provided to all district collectors for contingency works so that repair of hand pumps, water supply through tankers, and tubewell digging can be done immediately, Gehlot said.
  4. Additional generators and transformers: Ashok Gehlot said that regular power supply should be ensured in the state and directed officials to keep additional generators and transformers ready to meet any exigencies. At the same time, he appealed to the people not to waste water and electricity.
  5. Relief to workers: The chief minister directed the district collectors to make the working hours under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA) start from 6 am to give the workers relief from the scorching heat.

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Published Date: April 30, 2022 12:50 PM IST