253 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 8th to 14th February 2016) under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 111 villages belong to Odisha. 81 villages in Assam, 40 in Jharkhand, 13 to Rajasthan, 4 in Bihar, 3 in Madhya Pradesh and 1 in Uttar Pradesh.
An update on ongoing electrification process
In view of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s address to nation, on Independence Day, Government of India has decided to electrify remaining 18,452 unelectrified villages within 1000 days i.e. by 01st May, 2018. The project has been taken on mission mode and strategy for electrification consists of squeezing the implementation schedule to 12 months and alsodividing 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. 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.