Mumbai : The State would have a 24×7 electricity supply across most of the villages and 255 cities across within three years, Minister of Energy and New and Renewable Energy Chandrashekhar Bawankule has said.

The State Cabinet consented to implement the Central government’s Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) aimed at strengthening rural electrification network and the integrated power development scheme (IPDS) for the cities, at its weekly meeting here on Tuesday.

The schemes aim at cutting transmission and other losses and ensure 24×7 power supply in cities and to electrify the unelectrified villages, the minister said after the meeting. This will benefit 12 lakh out of the 19 lakh families in unelectrified villages, he said.

DUGJS would ensure end of load-shedding regime by separating the feeders for agricultural and domestic user. The scheme would be implemented in 33 districts in three years where 37 detailed project reports worth Rs 2152.68 crore have been cleared, he added.

The IPDS for cities aims at ensuring 24×7 power supply and would cover 255 cities across the state at the expense of Rs. 2405.08 crore, the minister said.

Work on both the schemes would start post monsoon, he added.

Under these schemes, the Centre will contribute 60% of the cost, 10% will have contributed by Mahavitran or the state government and the remaining 30% will have to be generated by Mahavitran by taking loan from financial institutes.

The government will be undertaking several measured to strengthen the existing infrastructure of the distribution network to achieve this goal, some of the works to done under this project includes conducting energy audits, reducing the losses in the system to maximum if 12 %, the current average is between 18-22%, to establish infrastructure to give new connects to households and commercial users.