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Odisha Govt set a target of providing power to all villages of the State by 2019 #Odisha #Electricity #News

Bhubaneswar: The State government has set a target of providing power to all villages of the State by 2019, said Energy minister Pranab Prakash Das today.

Addressing mediapersons after a review meeting of his department under the chairmanship of chief minister Naveen Patnaik here, the minister said while 3,294 revenue villages are yet to see the magic of electricity, 27,953 ‘padas’ (non-revenue villages) are deprived of the essential service.

Besides, 24-hour electricity supply to rest of the State remains a challenge for the government, the minister added.

Further, he said there is no significant increase in power production. Though the State has signed MoUs with 29 companies, only three of them have reached the stage to produce power.

The department has kept a target to set up 10 sub-stations of 33/11-KV in every month from August onwards. Total 500 such sub-stations will be established, the minister added.

In the review meeting, the officials of the department were asked to take steps so that distribution losses could be lowered from 38% to 26% by 2019.

However, Opposition leader Narasingha Mishra slammed the State government over frequent power outages and tariff hike. “Though the officials said there will not be any power cuts, the villagers, who are experiencing 12-16 hours of power outages every day, can speak about the actual scene,” he said. src OTV