Palakkad, first fully electrified district in India

Centre planning to electrify all villages in two years

PTI | February 17, 2010



Palakkad has become the first fully electrified district of the country.

Announcing this on Tuesday, Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, the government was working on a target of bringing
electricity to all villages in the next two years.

He recalled that when UPA government came to power in 2004, 1.17 lakh villages in India did not have power and since then, around 68,000 villages have been electrified and others
would be covered in the next two years.

"India would achieve self-reliance in producing power generation equipment in one-and-a-half years. The equipment and ancillaries like turbines were now mostly being produced by public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. More companies had entered the sector in recent times," he said.

The minister noted that the government was taking effective measures to bring down transmission losses.

"The achievement of Kerala in this regard has been commendable as transmission loss of the state grid stands at 18.7%, against the national average of 37%," he said.

The total electrification campaign was taken up as a major programme by the LDF Government after it came to power in
2006.

It was projected as an important an achievement like the record set by the state in securing cent per cent literacy and universal education.

State electricity minister, A K Balan, who also spoke, said works totalling Rs 545 crore had been taken up for creating or upgrading power infrastructure in the district in the last four years.

"Taking electricity to every nook and corner of the sprawling agrarian district, parts of which are hilly terrain with tribal population was an ambitious task," he said.

The minister said the Palakkad model would be extended to other parts of Kerala to achieve the goal of total electrification within a few years.

State opposition leader Oommen Chandy was among those present on the occasion.

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