Only 477 of Bihar’s 39,073 villages are now left to get electricity connection as the state has achieved 98.8 per cent electrification of its villages.
This was revealed at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said today.
Altogether 38,596 villages have been electrified and the remaining 477 villages would be get power connection by the end of December, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said briefing about review meeting.
The state government had set a target to provide free electricity connection to every household of Bihar by end of 2017.
Officials informed the CM that around 1000 acres of land are available on the site of each proposed thermal power plants.
As the solar plants are more viable, CM asked the officials to take necessary steps for setting up solar plants on the vacant lands.
To a question, chief secretary said the state government itself would not set up solar plants.
The officials have been asked to prepare project for inviting private players to set up solar power plants.
CM also asked the officials to ensure periodic replacement of old electric wires on the 11 KV and low tension (LT) transmission lines to ensure supply of quality power to subscribers.
He also asked the officials to ensure correct and timely billing to consumers.
CM asked the power engineers to install meter in all those houses which are still availing electricity without a valid meter.
He also ordered for shifting the electricity meter outside the house and fixing a neutral wire with each connection to ensure supply of quality power to consumers.