India On its Way To Provide Power To All by March 2017

India On its Way To Provide Power To All by March 2017

In line with its commitment to provide electricity to all in the country, the government has covered another 314 villages that stands electrified in week starting 29th February to 6th March 2016 under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY).

Out of these electrified villages, 93 villages in Uttar Pradesh, 41 in Odisha, 40 in Assam, 40 in Chhattisgarh, 31 in Arunachal Pradesh , 30 in Jharkhand , 19 in Bihar, 16 in Madhya Pradesh and 4 in Rajasthan.

The DDUGJY scheme was launched in July 2015 with the aim of electrifying 18,452 villages by May 1, 2018 – within 1,000 days. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s address to nation, on Independence Day announced his Government’s intent to electrify 18,452 unelectrified villages by 01st May, 2018. Power Minister Piyush Goyal has recently pre-poned this deadline to March 2017.

The 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.

During 2015-16, 5279 villages have been electrified till date. Out of remaining 13,173 villages, 9228 villages are to be electrified through grid, 3398 villages are to be electrified through off- grid where grid solutions are out of reach due to geographical barriers and 547 villages are to be electrified by State Govt own.

Total 1654 villages were electrified during April 2015 to 14th Aug 2015 and after taking initiative by Government of India for taking it on mission mode, 3625 additional villages have been electrified from 15th August 2015 to 14th February.

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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 energisation with the state Discom, identifying the villages where milestone progress are delayed.

The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked on