1/3RD OF 18,452 NONELECTRIFIED VIL­LAGES NOW HAVE POWER: GOYAL

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The Cen­tre has com­pleted the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion work in nearly one-third of 18,452 un-elec­tri­fied vil­lages, Power Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal has said. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had an­nounced in his In­de­pen­dence Day speech last year that all 18,452 un-elec­tri­fied vil­lages will get elec­tric­ity within 1,000 days. The Cen­tre has de­cided to pro­vide power to 18,452 vil­lages by May 1, 2018.

“We have elec­tri­fied 5,026 vil­lages. Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of 898 vil­lages is in progress while 1,415 vil­lages are un­der en­er­gi­sa­tion. To­day, one-third of the over­all task of elec­tri­fy­ing 18,452 vil­lages has been achieved,” Goyal told re­porters. Goyal said that elec­tri­fi­ca­tion works in th­ese vil­lages faced sev­eral chal­lenges as most of the ar­eas were Naxal-hit, and also con­sist of hilly ter­rain and dense foresta­tion. Goyal ex­plained that out of the 2,21,424 mile­stones set for elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of th­ese vil­lages, 72,799 were achieved.

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