• Power for all in Odisha by March 2019, says CM Naveen Patnaik

    Even though around 40% families in the state are yet to get electricity connections, the state government on Friday announced to ensure 24×7 uninterrupted power supply for all households by March 2019.

    Reviewing the status of rural electrification here, chief minister Naveen Patnaik directed the energy department to complete electricity connections to remaining 1,318 habitations by May 2017. Then power will be supplied to individual households. He also directed the department to ensure electricity connections to all BPL households in next two years.

    Officials of the energy department informed the chief minister that electricity connection to all villages in Nuapada, Kandhamal, Nabarangapur and Malkangiri districts (the four highly-focused districts of the state government) would be ensured within the next six months.

    The energy department is working to ensure electricity connections to primary and community health centres and ST/SC hostels on a priority basis, said an official, who attended the meeting.

    As the state government has already launched a scheme worth Rs 2,600 crore to set up 500 new 33/11 kv substations to strengthen the power distribution network and to provide seamless electricity supply across the state, the chief minister emphasized on timely completion of the sub-stations. Of total 500 sub-stations, 433 are proposed in rural areas, the officer said. Naveen also reviewed the status regarding development of special feeder line for fisheries and agriculture sectors and directed to complete the task by next six months. Dustin Hopkins Jersey

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