New Delhi, May 4: In a bid to achieve 100 per cent electrification across the country, the Narendra Modi government plans to extend electricity to the last 25 per cent villages that have been left out. Since coming to power, the government has electrified 13,331 villages. Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday specified that the remaining 4,141 villages will achieve electrification be December 2018. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: India's First Rajdhani Express With Pull-push Technology to Run Daily From Tuesday | Check Timings, Route
While addressing the State Power Ministers’ Conference in New Delhi, the union power minister stressed on the need to provide 24×7 quality and affordable power throughout the country. He said, “A final push is needed to electrify the remaining 4,141 un-electrified villages in the country.” Also Read - Swanky Makeover: Railway Ministry Shares Glimpses of Futuristic New Delhi Railway Station | See Photos
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has for long emphasised on the need to provide electricity to every household in the country. The conference focused on the means by which states can individually achieve this target while reviewing the work done in the power, coal, renewable energy and mining sectors by the state and union territories’ governments in the past six months. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Booking Tickets to Become Easier & Faster For Passengers | Here's How
Thus far, the government has managed to achieve 75 per cent of the target by electrifying 13,401 households under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). As a part of the yojana, the maximum number of villages that have been covered are in Odisha. Out of a total 3,474 villages that were unelectrified, the government has managed to achieve electrification in 2,404 villages.
However, in Odisha alone, there are 555 villages that remain to be electrified. Speaking to India.com, Plabini Sahu, a Grameen Vidyut Abhiyanta (GVA) from the state, elaborated on the challenges faced in achieving 100 per cent electrification and said, “The terrain in the region makes it extremely difficult to reach every household. There are so many mountains and isolated regions that getting labour to the villages has become a challenge. Our target was to achieve complete electrification by May. However, we won’t be able to meet the target.
Similar challenges confront the government in the North East, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The target under the the DDUGJY was to provide electricity to 1,21,225 un-electrified villages, intensive electrification of 5,92,979 partially electrified villages. the scheme also aims to provide free electricity connections to 397.45 lakh BPL rural households