New Delhi: 253 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 8th to 14 February) under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 111 villages belong to Odisha, 81 to Assam, 40 to Jharkhand, 13 to Rajasthan, 4 to Bihar, 3 to Madhya Pradesh and 1 to Uttar Pradesh. The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked on this site.
In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to nation on 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 and strategy for electrification consists of squeezing the implementation schedule to 12 months and also dividing the village electrification process into 12-stage milestones with defined timelines for monitoring.
During 2015-16, 5,279 villages have been electrified till date. Out of the remaining 13,173 villages, 9,228 villages are to be electrified through grid, 3,398 villages are to be electrified through off-grid where grid solutions are out of reach due to geographical barriers; 547 villages are to be electrified by different State governments.
A total of 1,654 villages were electrified between April 2015 and 14 Aug 2015. After the government took the initiative on a mission mode, 3,625 additional villages have been electrified from 15 August 2015 to 14 February.
In order to expedite the progress further, gram vidyut abhiyantas (electrical engineers for villages) are closely monitoring the progress; RPM meeting are being held to review the situation on a monthly basis, and a list of villages that are under-energised is being shared with the State distribution companies, helping in the identification of villages where milestone progress is delayed.