Universal electrification: How the government delivered – by R K Singh


Universal electrification: How the government delivered – by R K Singh

We have set an ambitious goal for ourselves – the goal of providing access to 24×7 power for all in the country. Access to power here represents not only the connectivity to the network but also includes availability of requisite infrastructure across the power sector value chain to ensure supply of quality and reliable power.

And we are well on our way to achieve our goal. And the scale of the transition is such as has not been seen anywhere in the world.

The country achieved 100% village electrification on 28th April 2018, a major landmark towards universal electrification. It was not merely connecting the remaining 18,500 odd villages to the electricity network but to reach out to the poorest of poor who had remained in darkness for more than 70 years after independence.

The challenges involved were huge – these challenges had stood as a barrier to extending electricity to these villages for such a long period. Read More

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