The Rajasthan electricity distribution companies (discoms) held electrification camps on August 30, September 13 and September 27 and another camp is scheduled for October 11 to ensure the electrification of the maximum number of households in the state.
The camps, held under the programme ‘Har Ghar Bijli Discom Aapke Dwaar’, are being organized to bring power connections to households, which despite being in areas with electricity networks, are still unconnected. The camps aim to bring discom officials in touch with consumers and to spread awareness in the community so its members can apply for connections, said state energy minister Pushpendra Singh.
After the first three camps -- which received over 1,46,895 applications -- more than 94,000 domestic connections have been released in 28 days.
The camps were organized at over 500 locations simultaneously across the state, in locations decided in consultation with the district and local administration, Singh added.
A large turnout was seen in all the camps, with around 40,000, 54,000 and 52,000 applications being received in the each camp respectively, and an unprecedented number of same-day connections were released -- 17,418 in the first, 22,459 in the second and 22,325 in the third camp.
An additional 32,000 connections were released in the period between the three camps, making the total release of connections during last one month more than one lakh -- five times the normal rate of release of connections which stands at 19,000 per fortnight currently.
A month prior to the first camp, a community outreach program was launched with the involvement of the district administration, Panchayati Raj Institutions and other local representatives, who supported the discom officials in door-to-door campaigning to encourage people to apply for connections and in distributing application forms and helping the public understand the application procedures, Singh said.
A drive for releasing pending connections was also launched to clear pendency in advance. Over 44,000 connections were released during the month of August -- a 50% increase over the normal trend.
The discoms aim to release 2 lakh connections through these camps in two months, Singh added.