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PM’s Saubhagya scheme aims to give electricity to 4 crore families

Uttar Pradesh accounts for more than 40% of the country’s total 4 crore households without electricity connection.

lucknow Updated: Dec 18, 2017 13:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Crowd at the mega camp in Unnao district.(HT Photo)

The Rs 16,320 crore Saubhagya scheme, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October last year, seeks to provide electricity connection to over 4 crore families in the country by December 2018. Out of them, 1.57 crore families are in UP alone and all but 3 lakh are in villages.

UPPCL will spend Rs 7,100 crore on the project, with the Centre and state government contributing 60% and 40% of the cost, respectively.

BPL households will be given free connections while others have the option to pay the Rs 500 connection cost in 10 equal monthly instalments. However, every consumer will have to pay for the energy used as per the tariff determined by the regulator from time to time.

Uttar Pradesh accounts for more than 40% of the country’s total 4 crore households without electricity connection.

About 153.97 lakh rural and 3.02 urban households have been found to be without electricity connection in the state.

According to sources, UPPCL -- the government-owned electricity distribution corporation -- will need to act at a lightning speed, literally to live up to the PM’s announcement of giving an electricity connection to all the unserved households by December 2018.

In order to meet the target, the corporation needs to issue electricity connections to all the unserved households at the breakneck rate of nearly 12 lakh connections a month.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 13:22 IST