GUWAHATI: Forty villages will be lit up with power connections in Assam on New Year’s Day tomorrow, while the entire state will be electrified by March, Assam MoS for Power Pallab Lochan Das said.
Announcing this at a press conference, Das said, “The Power department will charge up (electrify) 40 villages in 17 districts tomorrow, with local MLAs and authorities slated to inaugurate it.”
He informed 1,076 villages are yet to be electrified in the state, of which 508 are on grid and the rest off grid villages. He said, “We hope to cover all the villages by March 2017 and ensure that all parts of the state are electrified by then.” While admitting that some villages have been only partially electrified, the minister said 10,000 villages are targeted for ‘intensive electrification’ by December 2017.
For the off-grid villages, solar panels and stand-alone connections will be installed, he said. “The Central government has been given proposal for total electrification and we are pursuing it in a phased-manner,” he said, adding that all revenue as well as forest villages will be covered.
On the current power demand in the state, Das said the off peak hours demand is 1100-1200 MW, while peak hours demand is 1500 MW, with main city Guwahati accounting for 46 per cent of the total consumption. The current power generation in the state is 228 MW, with the rest of the power bought by the state government to meet the demand.
The minister added that new measures will be unveiled soon for better power distribution and cut losses by adopting best technical practices.
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