A total of 13,872 un-electrified census villages have been reported to be electrified up to June 30 this year, out of 18,452 un-electrified villages as on April 1, 2015 in the country, informed Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha recently.
The data is based “as per information provided by the states,” the minister said, adding that the time-frame to electrify all the villages is May 1, 2018.
Goyal also informed that the Decentralised Distributed Generation (DDG) scheme, under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), has been initiated by the government to provide access to electricity to un-electrified villages/habitations where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective including the villages located in backward, remote, inaccessible and forest areas.
“DDG can be from renewable sources such as biomass, bio fuels, bio gas, mini hydro, solar, etc. Under the scheme, 4,220 projects have been sanctioned with the total project cost of Rs 1354.60 crore, covering 3,285 un-electrified villages in various states across the country, as on June 30 this year,” he added.