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13,872 villages electrified till 30th June 2017

13,872 villages electrified till 30th June 2017

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3,285 inaccessible villages electrified in various States across the country under Decentralized Distributed Generation Scheme: Shri Piyush Goyal

Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal, said that as per information provided by the States, 13,872 un-electrified census villages have been reported to be electrified up to 30thJune, 2017, out of 18,452 un-electrified villages in the country as on 1st April, 2015. The time-frame to electrify all the villages is 1st May, 2018, the Minister added.

Shri Goyal also informed that the Decentralized Distributed Generation (DDG) scheme, under DeenDayalUpadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), has been initiated by the Government to provide access to electricity to un-electrified villages/habitations where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective including the villages located in backward, remote, inaccessible and forest areas. DDG can be from renewable sources such as biomass, biofuels, biogas, Mini hydro, solar etc. Under the scheme, 4,220 projects have been sanctioned with the total project cost of Rs.1354.60 crore, covering 3,285 un-electrified villages in various States across the country, as on 30.06.2017, the Minister added.

STATE-WISE PROJECT SANCTIONED UNDER DDG SCHEME

S. No. STATE No. of projects Un-electrified villages covered1 Andhra Pradesh* 427 -2 Assam 521 5213 Arunachal Pradesh 1,176 1,1764 Chhattisgarh 946 5205 Jharkhand 382 3936 Karnataka 39 97 Kerala * 15 -8 Madhya Pradesh 147 1479 Meghalaya 212 21210 Odisha 276 27511 Telangana * 39 -12 Uttar Pradesh 25 1713 Uttarakhand 15 15Total 4,220 3,285
* Projects correspond to electrification of Habitations

Source: business-standard
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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