Bijli By June 2018

Much ahead of the next Assembly elections in the State, Odisha Government has set a target to provide electricity to all villages by June, 2018.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik issued this direction while reviewing progress in rural electrification activities in the state.
Minister energy, Prafulla Mallick, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Secretary Energy, Hemant Sharma, Secretary Science & Technology Vir Vikram Yadav, OREDA CE Roopa Mishra and others were present.
The State Government’s decision in this regard came barely three days after BJP president Amit Shah criticizing the Government for not being able to reach electricity to all village despite BJD completing 17 years in the Office.
The Chief Minister asked officials to complete electrification in all the partially electrified village before June, 2018.
Mr.Patnaik also told officials to provide electricity to all Un-electrified  villages by December 2017.
Of the total 47,677 villages in the state, 46,927 villages are officially electrified while remaining 750 villages yet to get the facility, sources said.
The central public sector undertaking (CPSU)s like NTPC, PGCIL and state PSUs like OPTCL and OREDA have been entrusted with rural electrification works in the state.
Most of the CPSUs are going slow over the matter and recently, while lauding efforts of the State Government on rural electrification Union Secretary Power, A K Bhalla asked the CPSU officials to stick to the time line.
Of the total 28,165 partially electrified villages, complete electrification has been done in 7856 villages while works remained to be completed in remaining 20,309 villages by June, 2018.
This will cost an additional amount of Rs.1700 Crore and in the State Budget allocations will have to made during 2017-18 and 2018-19.
There will be GST Impact on rural electrification and total cost will come to Rs.6926 Crore, where as earlier it was Rs.5226 Crore.


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