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Forum decides to spend Rs.1,081.37 crore on electrification work for 33,604 villages
Agrees to release electric connections in tribal areas; speed up work in remote hamlets
JAIPUR: The three public sector power distribution companies in Rajasthan will complete the task of electrification of 37,391 villages across the State in the current financial year through 14 new schemes launched during the 11th Five Year Plan in addition to 25 others in operation.
The newly-appointed Coordination Forum of the three power discoms has decided to spend Rs.1,081.37 crore on the electrification work for 33,604 villages and supply electricity to 3,787 villages under 39 schemes.
Besides, power will be supplied to 6,518 hamlets under the programme.To work in coordination
Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer discom chairman R.G. Gupta, presiding over the meeting, said the unfinished task under both the old and new schemes would be completed during 2008-09 to light up rural areas of the desert State. The three discoms also agreed to work in coordination and share the material and supplies with each other.
Mr. Gupta said though over 33,000 villages had been electrified so far, less than 10 per cent of their households were provided with power supply. The discoms are creating infrastructure to facilitate distribution of electricity and include the villages in the new category of electrification.
The discom chief said the forum had agreed to release electric connections in the tribal areas on priority and speed up power supply work in the remote hamlets under the “Mukhya Mantri Sabke Liye” (Chief Minister for all) scheme.
Speed up work
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam has asked Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to speed up the delivery of equipment for establishing five new units of a total capacity of 1,070 MW at the power projects of Giral, Chhabra, Kota and Suratgarh.
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