Chennai: Tamil Nadu planned to provide
electricity connection to all the 5.2 lakh below poverty line
households at a cost of Rs 447.41 crore by the end of this
year, state Electricity Minister Arcot N Veerasamy said on Sunday.
"With the approval of the Union Government, Tamil Nadu has
taken up the Rajiv Gandhi Grammen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY)
in 26 districts with an outlay of Rs 447.41 crores and planned
to electrify all the 5.24 lakh BPL households before the end
of 2009", he said at the Power Minister`s Conference in Delhi.
In his speech, a copy of which was circulated to media
here, he said about 3.40 lakh BPL houses were already
Expressing confidence that the targeted addition of 5055
MW fixed for the 11th Fiver year plan for the state would be
completed within the time frame, he urged the Centre to
address the shortage of skilled personnel and equipment
supplies, which were the main `bottlenecks`.
Pointing out that the Centre was aware that many states
were buying electricity at high cost from independent power
producers, he urged the Centre to grant exemption of excise
duty to liquid fuel so that the overall cost of generation
would be reduced at least to the tune of 50 to 60 paise per