Jharkhand village gets first shot at power 67 years after Independence
Tata Steel’s Jharia division extended help to enthusiastic villagers of Patiya in Dhanbad district to dig poles and extend wires, linking this village with the nearest feeder, around six kilometres away.Updated: Feb 06, 2016, 14:46 IST
Patiya village, a hamlet in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district was illuminated by electric bulbs on Wednesday, a dream they had been dreaming for decades. Manual labour by villagers and infrastructure by a corporate house together helped the village get power connection.
“We had been waiting for this day for long. Our problem aggravated at night, especially in the monsoon. The roads were unsafe and travelling for village folks, especially for the women and girls at night was impossible. Women had stopped going even to the local markets after sunset. All this will be history now,” said Haradhan Mahto, a local.
Dhanbad and Jharkhand’s surrounding areas have abundant coal mines. Coal from this area helps steel plants burn their furnaces and also helps power plants across the country produce thermal power. However, several villages around the mines still do not have power.
Tata Steel’s Jharia division extended help to enthusiastic villagers to dig poles and extend wires, linking this village with the nearest feeder, around six kilometres away.
Sugun Mahato, a local, said they had approached the local electricity department many times in vain.
Sanjay Singh, general manager Jharia division of Tata Steel, lit the first bulb of the village on Wednesday evening and assured the villagers of connecting four more villages that fall between Sijua to Jamdova in the next phase.
“It is a part of our CSR. The company has always endeavoured to work towards of the community and society,” he said.