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Jaipur discom to provide 1.45 lakh connections by March

jaipur Updated: Jan 14, 2018 20:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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The Jaipur discom has set an ambitious target of providing 1.45 lakh connections in the remaining three months of the current financial year.(Representative Picture/File Photo.)

The rural electrification project under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) is expected to pick up in the remaining three months of the current financial year, an official said on Sunday.

The Jaipur discom has given more than 1.30 lakh new electricity connections under DDUGJY in the April-December 2017 period, said managing director RG Gupta said.

The discom has set an ambitious target of providing 1.45 lakh connections in the remaining three months of the current financial year, he said.

“Out of 1.30 lakh connections, 13,241 connections have been provided to BPL families free of cost.”

To achieve the target for the last quarter of 2017-18, the discom has formed a monitoring committee at headquarters level that will review the progress of the project every month while another monitoring committee at the circle level, will conduct reviews every week.

Figures with the state government reveal that while the 43,264 census villages in Rajasthan have been electrified, there are lakh households that are yet to be electrified.

As per the new definition, a village will be declared as electrified if the basic infrastructure, including distribution, transformer and distribution lines are provided in the inhabited locality as well as the Dalit basti hamlets where it exists.

Electricity is provided to public places like schools, panchayat offices, healthcare centers, dispensaries, and community centers. The number of households electrified should be at least 10% of the total number of households in the village.

Under DDUGJY in Rajasthan, 4010 un-electrified villages have been electrified while intensive electrification has been completed in 35,552 previously electrified villages.

State power minister Pushpendra Singh has directed the three discoms–Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer–to speed up the rural electrification projects.

At a recent meeting held in Jodhpur, state energy department principal secretary Sanjay Malhotra asked discoms to ensure 100% electrification by June 2018.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 19:57 IST