Mega ex­pan­sion plan for ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion

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The power min­istry has worked out a mega ex­pan­sion plan for vil­lage elec­tri­fi­ca­tion in the com­ing fi­nan­cial year which may re­quire an in­vest­ment of over Rs 16,500 crore through many cen­tral schemes in­clud­ing the Deen Dayal Upad­hyay Gram Jy­oti Yo­jana (DDUGJY). The plan is to cover 2,984 vil­lages un­der DDUGJY apart from ex­tend­ing elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions to four mil­lion Be­low Poverty Line (BPL) house­holds in the com­ing year. Apart from Rs 16,500 crore re­quired for vil­lage elec­tri­fi­ca­tion schemes, the min­istry has pro­jected a sep­a­rate fund re­quire­ment un­der other cen­tral schemes – Rs 5,700 crore for In­te­grated Power De­vel­op­ment Scheme (IPDS), Rs 1,548 crore for power sys­tem im­prove­ment in North-East ex­clud­ing Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, Rs 1,500 crore for trans­mis­sion sys­tem strength­en­ing in the two states and Rs 312 crore to set up a 220 kilo­volt trans­mis­sion line from Sri­na­gar to Leh. The min­istry is also plan­ning to spend Rs 180 crore for the smart grid pro­gramme.

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