New Delhi: As many as 104 villages were electrified across the country during last week (from 25 April to 1 May) under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 17 villages belong to Arunachal Pradesh, 17 to Assam, 16 to Jharkhand, 10 to Rajasthan, 4 to Bihar, 4 to Chhattisgarh, 16 to Odisha, 7 to Madhya Pradesh, 4 to Manipur, 7 to Uttar Pradesh and 2 to Himachal Pradesh. The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked on this site.
In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on Independence Day, his government decided to electrify remaining 18,452 unelectrified villages within 1,000 days (by 1 May 2018). The project is now a stated mission of the government. The strategy for electrification involves squeezing the implementation schedule to 12 months and also dividing village electrification process into 12 stage milestones with defined timelines for monitoring.
Under this mission, 7,549 villages have been electrified so far. Out of the remaining 10,903 villages, 444 villages are uninhabited; 7,059 villages are to be electrified through grid, 3,003 through off-grid (where grid solutions are out of reach due to geographical barriers) and 397 villages are to be electrified by the respective State governments.
A total of 1,654 villages were electrified during April 2015 to 14 August 2015. After the project acquired a mission mode, 5,895 additional villages were electrified from 15 August of last year to this 1 May.
In order to expedite the progress further, Gram Vidyut Abhiyanta (village electrical engineers) are closely monitoring the progress. The progress is being reviewed on a monthly basis during the RPM meeting. A list of villages, which are at the stage of under-energisation, is being shared with the State distribution company (or companies). Villages where delays in milestone progress have been reported are being identified and approached for quick electrification.