Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream project of electrifying all villages in the country is going to miss its deadline of May 2017 as most states have failed to put up efforts towards last mile connectivity.
Union Power Ministry’s recent assessment reveals 5,150 villages in the country are still under dark. Two years ago, India had 12,480 villages to be electrified. This implies only 60 per cent of the target has been achieved so far.
Four states Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh account for half of the dark villages. Other states which have huge backlog include Jammu and Kashmir (102), Meghalaya (230) and Manipur (85).
The ministry has pulled up the states in a letter written in March first week. States have been directed to expedite their efforts to finish the work by end of May.
Soon after coming to power, Prime Minister Modi has announced that all dark villages in the country will be electrified by May 2018. At that time, nearly 18,500 villages were unelectrified.
The Ministry of Power took stock of the situation in April 2015 when 12,500 villages were still under dark. To force the states to act, Minister Piyush Goyal advanced the deadline to December 2016 which was then extended to May 2017. Read More…