Orissa may miss RGGVY deadline

Apprehending non-completion of rural electrification works under RGGVY by March 2012, Orissa govt sought Centre`s intervention.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2011, 21:24 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Apprehending non-completion
of rural electrification works under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen
Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) by March 2012, the Orissa
government today sought Centre`s intervention in expediting
activities by the central public sector undertakings (CPSUs)
in charge of executing the projects.

Three CPSUs like NTPC, NHPC and PGCIL were assigned
the job of rural electrification in the state with a target of
providing electricity to 44,426 unelectrified, deelectrified
and partially electrified villages.

The projects were implemented by the three CPSUs in
2007-8.
However, during the last four years work in 31,265
villages had been completed so far leaving behind as many as
13,161 villages still to be electrified within six months
time.

Taking pace of the CPSUs into consideration, the state
government estimated completion of maximum of 2,195 villages
by March 2012.
"I am afraid, with the existing deployment of
resources and current pace by the CPSUs, it will be impossible
on their part to achieve this figure within the
stipulated time frame," Orissa energy secretary G Mathi
Vathanan told union power secretary P Uma Shankar in a letter.

PTI