98.8 per cent Bihar villages electrified

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Patna | August 5, 2017 6:47 PM

Only 477 of Bihar's 39,073 villages are now left to get electricity connection as the state has achieved 98.8 per cent electrification of its villages.

nitish kumar, electricity in bihar, electrification in bihar, how many bihar villages electrifiedAltogether 38,596 villages have been electrified and the remaining 477 villages would be get power connection by the end of December, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said briefing about review meeting. (Reuters)

Only 477 of Bihar’s 39,073 villages are now left to get electricity connection as the state has achieved 98.8 per cent electrification of its villages. This was revealed at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said today. Altogether 38,596 villages have been electrified and the remaining 477 villages would be get power connection by the end of December, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said briefing about review meeting. Under “seven resolves” of good governance, the state government had set a target to provide free electricity connection to every household of Bihar by end of 2017. Singh said the energy department was instructed to replace worn out 11 KV and LT (low tension) wire soon. The department was also told to set up Solar Power Station at Kajra and Pirpainty in place of thermal power stations as proposed earlier. At the marathon review meeting, Kumar took stock of several departments including energy, excise and prohibition and registration, sugarcane and minority welfare.

During review of excise and prohibition department it came to light that 68,579 persons have been sent to jail under new liquor law in Bihar so far. A total of 3,88,864 raids have been conducted and 60,232 cases registered for violation of liquor law. Total prohibition is in implementation in Bihar since April last year. The Energy department was asked to provide control room number of excise/police department on transformers and electricity poles across the state, the chief secretary said. Kumar said that on the pattern of other schools, students of madrasas would also get incentive money for passing 10th and 12th class. The state government would provide fund for construction of class room, drinking water, toilet and library in government authorised madrasas., Singh said.

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