A total number of 7,874 villages out of those without power have been electrified till last week with an addition of 108 to the network, the Power Ministry said today.
“108 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 16th to 22nd May 2016) under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY),” the Power Ministry said in a statement.
Of the villages that were electrified, 31 are located in Jharkhand, 26 each in Odisha and Assam, Madhya Pradesh (8), Arunachal Pradesh (6), Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh (3 each), Rajasthan and Bihar (2 each) and Himachal Pradesh (1), the statement said.
In view of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on the Independence Day, the government has decided to electrify the remaining 18,452 unelectrified villages within 1,000 days i.e. by May 1, 2018.
The project has been put in a mission mode and the strategy for electrification consists of squeezing the implementation schedule to 12 months and dividing village electrification process into 12-stage milestones with defined timelines for monitoring.