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96% households get electricity connections
The government has connected about 96% of households across the country with electricity supply, and hopes to take power lines to the rest by January 26, officials said.
The government had initially targeted March 31 as the deadline for taking electricity lines to all households in the country that seek a connection. It later said the target would be met three months earlier, by December 31.
Work in some regions has been delayed because of reasons such as legal tussle over a tender, recent assembly elections and difficulties in working in areas affected with Naxal violence, they said.
The official website that monitors progress in providing electricity, the Saubhagya dashboard, showed that government has electrified 95.72% households, while 4.28% or 10,68,160 were left to be energised in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh, which hosted close to half of the targeted unelectrified households, has achieved 100% electrification, a statement issued by the power ministry said. Since launch of the Saubhagya scheme, 74.4 lakh willing households have been electrified and the state government has declared saturation of all 75 districts.
Of the 2.49 crore unelectrified households, 2.38 crore have been electrified. On an average, about seven lakh houses are being energised every week. Experts have said the newly connected households will get translated into growth in power demand within a year with the release of pent up and fresh demand from rural areas.