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3.88 lakh households in J&K without electricity

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Believe it, there are 3.88 lakh households in Jammu and Kashmir still without electricity.

Ironically, the number of households without electricity in J&K has increased from 3.58 lakh in 2016 to 3.88 lakh at present.
 
While experts blame the PDD for its failure to electrify all areas in the state, the department links it to the “increase in the population and bifurcation of families in the rural areas”.

According to official figures there are 102 un-electrified villages in the state of which 26 are in Kashmir, 58 in Jammu and 18 in Ladakh.

In Kashmir Valley, there are 1,09,175 households without electricity. Jammu district with 57,986 households unelectrified is followed by Rajouri with 32,966 such households and Kupwara with 32,577. 

Udhampur district in Jammu region has the lowest number (2,183) of households without electricity, followed by 4,427 such households in Ganderbal in central Kashmir. 

However, miffed by the poor performance of the power development department, Governor N N Vohra has pulled up the department officials asking them to ensure complete electrification in all areas of J&K by the end of this year.

“Vohraji was miffed after he came to know that there are still over 3 lakh households in J&K without electricity,” said a senior PDD official wishing not to be named.

“Fingers were raised at the performance of the department as state is still facing problem of mounting transmission and distribution losses as well as revenue realization has not matched up to the expectation of the government,” he added.

The central government has approved Rs 616.59 crore for the 10 districts of Jammu, 9 districts of Kashmir and 2 districts of Ladakh region under Deen Dhayal Upadaya Grameen Jyoti Yogana, officials said. 

The officials said the plan to provide electricity connection to these households has been included under the Yogana.

According to a report submitted by the PDD, the total cost to provide electricity connection to nearly three lakh households is Rs 1249.7 crore. 

The inhabitants still use the traditional forms of lighting in their home because the government doesn’t have capacity to provide them with electricity, sources said.

The state has a hydroelectricity potential of 20,000 MWs of which around 3000 MWs have been identified so far with NHPC generating 2009 MWs from its seven power projects which is almost half of the energy, the power giant generates from its projects in other Indian states.