More than 1,900 villages around the state capital and adjoining districts would bid adieu to kerosene lamps and candles in the new year. All these villages would be illuminated with electricity supply in Januray 2015.
The Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA) has almost completed the work of erecting poles, power lines, transformers and setting up substations.
General manager LESA SK Verma said, “These villages have been awaiting electricity for decades. Under the rural electrification programme, more than 1900 villages around Lucknow and neighbouring districts would get power supply and the villagers can make use of bulbs and fans in their homes.”
In Uttar Pradesh, more than 10,000 out of 97,122 villages are without electricity. But now the state government has decided to supply them around 10 hours of electricity every day.
Verma said the state had a power deficit ranging between 15 to 20 % during the peak season but the supply would improve this year as more power stations were coming up and infrastructure was improving. Next year power outages would be minimised because of more investment in infrastructure.