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24-hour power supply to every house by December 2018, says Indian power minister

STORY: Indian power minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday (May 03) said whole country will have round the clock access to electricity by the end of 2018.

Goyal made known his ministry’s vision at the inauguration of a two-day conference being held in India’s national capital, New Delhi.

The conference, which is being attended by power ministers of India’s 29 provinces, is aimed at discussing health of power, mining, coal and renewable energy sectors and reviewing implementation of various schemes and programmes.

According to data provided to federal government by provincial governments in 2016, there are still over 60 million rural households in the country which do not have access to electricity.

Asia’s third largest economy struggles to meet surging demand for electricity and suffers from a peak-hour power deficit of about 12 percent, which has become a significant drag on the economy.

Apart from generating electricity through solar energy, India plans to add 63 gigawatts of nuclear power by building 30 reactors by 2032. Nuclear energy accounts for less than 3 percent of total capacity.

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