Khattar launches electricity scheme for rural consumers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2015 09:26 IST

Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday launched “mhara gaon- jagmag gaon”, a inclusive voluntary scheme aimed at providing 24-hour power supply to rural domestic consumers in a phased manner.

While briefing newspersons here, Khattar said the scheme was aimed at further strengthening the distribution network for the convenience of the people. Later in the day, the chief minister formally launched the scheme from Dayalpur village in Kurukshetra district.

Khattar said rural consumers were currently being supplied electricity for only 12 hours a day. In the first phase of the scheme, 83 feeders had been identified covering 310 villages which had minimum line losses and had paid their electricity bills. Power supply for 15 hours would be ensured in these villages.

The consumers here would also be urged to install meters outside their houses and get their old electricity wires replaced with insulated wires following which the power supply in these villages would be increased to 18 hour a day, he said. In the next step, the power supply would be further increased to 21 hours, on feeders where the payment of bills would cross 90%. In the final phase, the feeders where outstanding electricity bills had been paid in five equal instalments, penalty and interest would be waived off and power supply for 24 hours would be ensured.

In response to a question, Khattar said the state would bear an additional expenditure of Rs 15 to 20 lakh per village for the implementation of this scheme and that the state government would continue to supply electricity for eight hours to agriculture tube wells.

He also said that special emphasis was being laid on generation of renewable energy by installing solar power plants on roof-tops. The government has set a target of generating 400 MW of renewable energy by 2020.

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