New Delhi: Under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY), 38 villages have been electrified across the country during the last week of January. Out of these electrified villages, 2 villages belong to Assam, 3 to Bihar, 40 to Jharkhand, 34 to Chhattisgarh, 143 in Odisha, 7 in Rajasthan, 3 in Tripura, 5 in Uttar Pradesh and 1 in Madhya Pradesh. The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked here.
Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on the last Independence Day, the Union government has decided to electrify remaining 18,452 unelectrified villages within 1,000 days — by 1 May 2018. The project has been taken on a mission mode; the 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.
In the financial year 2015-16, which is yet to be over, 4,781 villages have been electrified till date. Out of the remaining 13,671, 10,690 villages are to be electrified through grid, 1,998 villages are to be electrified through off-grid (where grid solutions are out of reach due to geographical barriers) and 983 villages are to be electrified by the respective State governments.
A total of 1,654 villages were electrified between April 2015 and August 2015. Once the initiative got into a mission mode, 3,127 additional villages were electrified from 15 August 2015 to 31 January.
In order to expedite the process further, the Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas (electrical engineers employed in villages) are closely monitoring the progress on a through monthly reviews during the RPM meeting, sharing of list of villages that are at the stage of under-energisation with the state distribution companies and identifying the villages where milestone progress is getting delayed.