New Delhi: Electrification works in 3,286 villages out of 18,452 unelectrified villages in the nation have been completed so far, Parliament was informed on Monday.
“As on 01.04. 2015, there were 18,452 unelectrified villages in the country. It has been decided to electrify all un-electrified villages by 01.05.2018. Electrification works in 3,286 villages out of those mentioned above has been completed so far,” Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
Under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), he said, there is a provision for providing electricity access to un-electrified villages/habitations through micro-grid and off-grid distribution network where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective.
“So far, 1,849 villages have been sanctioned under off-grid distribution for electrification in 13 states,” he said.
In a separate reply he said, that in Uttar Pradesh, 1,529 villages were still to be electrified as on April 1, 2015.
All these un-electrified villages have been sanctioned for electrification under DDUGJY.
“The electrification works in 795 villages have been completed so far,” the minister said.