Bartaman Patrika epaper 03-10-2016

Even as Bengal gives finishing touches to its 100% electrification drive, power department officials have given up on 72 villages.Spread over Burdwan, Nadia and Murshidabad, residents of these villages will continue to live in the dark even as the `Sabar Ghare Alo’ (Light in every home) project makes a concerted effort to light up 6 lakh households that are outside the electricity loop.

Sources in the power department said the state would miss the 100% electrification target by a whisker as the 72-odd villages located on sand bars in Burdwan, Nadia and Murshidabad were economically unviable to be connected to the grid. “In some cases, it may entail an expense of over Rs 1 crore to provide connection to a few dozen households,“ an official of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (WBSEDCL) said.

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