24×7 Power Supply: Assam Power dept unlikely to meet PM’s deadline

Guwahati, July 12: Due to logistical challenges, Assam is unlikely to meet the deadline of March 31 next year as set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide uninterrupted power supply to all households in the state.

Modi had said that his government is aiming at providing 24-hour power supply across the country by 2019.

Addressing media persons here on Wednesday, Topon Kumar Gogoi, Assam MoS for Power (Independent charge) said, “We are working towards achieving the target of providing 24×7 powers to all households by March 31, 2019. However, it would be difficult to meet the target as there are logistical challenges but we are trying our level best.”

Gogoi informed that out of total 64 lakh households in the state, 23 lakh households are yet to be electrified.

“These households are in the tea gardens and rural areas. Work is going on a war-footing to overcome all odds including floods and other natural calamities to meet the target,” he said.

The Minister also mentioned that 41 lakh out of 64 lakh households have already been electrified and the rest 23 lakh will be covered under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’  scheme by December 31 this year.

To prevent electricity losses and untoward incidents, Gogoi also said that his department has earmarked Rs 25 crore to convert all bamboo and wooden electric poles into concrete ones in a phased manner.

An amount of Rs 3284.04 crore has also been earmarked to convert power lines stretching 60,000 km into cable covered lines for durability, safety and prevention of transmission and distribution losses.

“Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) will appoint 3500 youths in new permanent jobs soon which include posts of office-cum-field level assistants, assistant account officers, engineers and sahayaks (assistants). On the other hand, the youths who are interested to work with the APDCL can register themselves online by paying a certain amount of registration fees,” Gogoi said.