Kolkata May 22, 2009:The West Bengal power department, the implementing agency of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana is planning to cover the 244 mouzas which could not be covered in the first phase of the rural electrification programme this year.
“We will be covering the remaining 244 mouzas that could not be covered under mouza electrification programme in the first phase due to disputes and litigation in the second phase of the RGGVY programme. By May 2009, having 6394 mouzas electified, a total of 37,666 mouzas or 99.36 per cent of the state’s 37, 910 mouzas will be electrified,” informed Sunil Mitra, additional chief secretary, department of power and non-conventional energy, West Bengal at an interactive seminar organised by the Merchants' Chamber of Commerce.
In the second phase starting this year state power department plans to intensify the electricity distribution networks in 81,967 rural habitations in 33,000 mouzas in all the 18 districts in the state, to provide access to electricity to a further 52,89,607 rural households.
By March 2009, because of the RGGVY project, around 45 lakh rural households become metered consumers of WBSEDCL.The total provisioned fund of Rs 3000 crore has been mobilised, work orders have also been issued. “We expect to complete the task by next two three years,” said Mitra.