A layer of dusk has formed over a tiny village in Bihar and it’s time to begin the evening chores. Women come out of their homes handling the oil lanterns to hang over the doors. This is the scenario of every household in the Indian villages that is facing the issue of power cuts.
However, in November 2015, 96% of Indian villages were electrified and yet the nation still lies in darkness. A large part of electrification in Indian villages is still on paper and only 60% of households receive the bouts of electricity.
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A report claimed that 96% of households were electrified in state but only 56% households use electricity connection and rest have kerosene to lit their homes.
At UP, 60% households were electrified. But the number of electricity theft at households is also at rise over here. Many households receive only 4 to 5 hours of electricity during entire day.
Jharkhand has a very pitiable state because almost 60% of domicile has to face blackouts for four to five days. It is only 2% of the state that receives electricity for more than 20 hours.
Another reason for the lack of electricity is that people don’t take up the connections despite having a grid for electricity; the reason being affordability of connection charges, maintenance and reliable supply.
The grim situation to ponder over is that all around India it is just Gujarat and Chhattisgarh that has 24 hour supply of electricity. Be it states like Maharashtra, West Bengal or Goa that are led by popular politicians power shortage is all over in these states.
The imperative solution for the villages is to switch to the renewable source of energy that is solar energy. The version of solar panels also becomes an expensive one making it a onetime investment.
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It was in 2014 that Modi Government launched one of its ambitious projects of Rural Electrification. The center plans to electrify 18,452 un-electrified villages within 1,000 days by May 1, 2018. Not one village should deprive of electricity. The project was too realistic to believe because India has been facing the issues of Power cuts since ages.
Some of Indian villages have been living in dark for a long time. The remote villages of Bihar faced the power cuts for 70 hours straight. Few villages of our country lack the proper infrastructure for electricity even after 68 years of Independence.
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In April 2016, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal claimed to take the credit for speeding up the process of electrification in rural Uttar Pradesh that lacked most electricity. Electrification in UP reached almost to 1300 villages in 2015-2016. He also plans to provide electricity to every village of UP by end of 2019.
The ministry has also launched a mobile application called GARV that gives us the updates of every recent electrified village. This was a really good move on the part of Government to keep a track of the villages getting electrified. The dashboard of the app showcases the total number of un-electrified villages, electrified villages and the work in progress and the details of research done for every village.
A statement published in March 2016 said that during 2015-16, 7012 villages have been electrified. Out of which 1,654 villages were electrified during April 2015 to August 2015 and 5,358 additional villages have been added in the list.
The statement also claimed that 196 villages were electrified in just a week during March. The villages included in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, UP, MP, Manipur and Rajasthan.
This rural electrification program for the country is one huge milestone for the Indian Government. Indeed, it is a long way to achieve the said ambition, but the start is tremendous.