96 per cent Odisha villages now have power: Govt

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today claimed that electrification work has been completed in 45,236 villages of the state, around 96 per cent of the total 47,677, till June 30.

Of 47,677 villages in the state as per the 2011 census, around 45,236 villages constituting around 96 per cent have got power connectivity by June 30, state energy secretary R K Verma said at a high-level meeting on rural electrification.

Of the remaining 2,441 villages, 541 have been identified as uninhabited ones. A detail action plan has been prepared to cover the rest of the villages and for expeditious implementation. The work has been allocated to agencies like PGCIL, OPTCL, OREDA and NTPC, Verma said.

Official sources said, preparatory steps like detail survey, preparation of the projects and bidding have been expedited.

The state government has also set a target to complete electrification of 275 villages by November this year.

OREDA (Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency) has targeted to complete electrification of 275 villages by November, 2016, Verma said, adding of this, 198 villages would be connected through micro-grid and 76 would be covered through stand alone solar projects.

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