PATNA: Energy department principal secretary-cum-CMD of Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) Pratyaya Amrit on Monday said Munger would become the first district in the state to have electricity connection in all houses within the next two or three days.
“All houses in Nalanda, Bhojpur, Supaul and Gopalganj districts will also have electricity connection by the end of June under the ‘Har Ghar Bijli Lagatar’ scheme of the state government,” Amrit said. The energy department has set the deadline of December this year for providing electricity connection to all households in the state. However, Amrit said the BSPHCL has targeted to achieve the 100% household electrification target in the state two months before the expiry of the deadline.
“To achieve such an ambitious target, we need to work with a proper strategy. With monsoons approaching, work in most of the districts will be hampered due to rainfall and possible floods. Hence, we are in the process of covering most districts by June-end. The districts with priority are Nalanda, Bhojpur, Sheikhpura, Gopalganj, Purnia, Kishanganj and Supaul,” Amrit said.
He added in Munger, the target was to provide electricity connection to 9,960 households and just 156 of them are left to be covered. “These 156 households will be covered within the next two or three days,” Amrit claimed. “In Nalanda, 12,000 houses are yet to get electricity connection and the number stands at 25,000 in Bhojpur, 4,000 in Sheikhpura and 2,000 in Gopalganj,” he said.
“Ensuring adequate village infrastructure, that includes availability of electricity poles for laying overhead low tension wires and distribution transformers, is one of the major factors for implementation of the household electrification scheme. Once villages have proper infrastructure, it becomes easy for us to provide electricity connections to every habitation and then to every household,” he added.