Govt scheme for 24×7 power still in nascent stage
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s ambitious plan to provide 24×7 power to households by 2019 was announced well before the Union government could even prepare a detailed blueprint or tot up an estimate of the costs involved.
More than six months after the NDA government announced it would electrify entire India by 2019, plans for only three geographies are ready – Delhi, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.
The scale of the challenge the government has set itself to achieve in four years is nothing short of astonishing. It will have to provide an electricity connection to roughly 80 million households that are still not connected to the grid (2011 Census). Then it will have to ensure the connections actually buzz with uninterrupted power that reaches 246.7 million households.The government can take some solace from the fact that substantial connections provided between 2011-14 will lower the targets to be met in four years.
To put this in perspective, between 2001 and 2011, an additional 61.6 million households got access to electricity. The government will have to more than double the rate of electrification to cover the remaining by 2019.