Another 28 villages of India have been electrified in the week from 15th to 21st August 2016 under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 4 villages belong to Assam, 5 Chhattisgarh, 3 to Jharkhand, 10 to Meghalaya and 6 to Rajasthan.
A total of 10,079 villages have been electrified till date. Out of remaining 8,373 villages, 525 villages are uninhabited, while 5,069 villages are to be electrified through grid, 2,590 villages to be electrified through off-grid where grid solutions are out of reach due to geographical barriers and 189 villages are to be electrified by the State Government.
It may be noted here that a total of 1654 villages were electrified during April 2015 to 14thAug 2015 and after taking initiative by Government of India for taking it on mission mode, 8,425 additional villages have been electrified from 15thAugust 2015 to 21stAugust, 2016.
In order to expedite the progress further, a close monitoring is being done through Gram Vidyut Abhiyanta(GVA) and various actions are also being taken on regular basis like reviewing the progress on monthly basis during the RPM meeting, sharing of list of villages which are at the stage of under energization with the state DISCOM, identifying the villages where milestone progress are delayed.
The pace of progress is commendable when viewed in line with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s announcement of 15 August 2015 to electrify remaining 18,452 un-electrified villages within 1000 days i.e. by 01stMay, 2018.
The RE project has been taken on mission mode and strategy for electrification consists of squeezing the implementation schedule to 12 months and also dividing village electrification process in 12 Stage milestones with defined timelines for monitoring.
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