Jharkhand plans to give rural families power-saver CFLs

July 25th, 2011 - 7:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, July 25 (IANS) Power-starved Jharkhand villages will be provided compact fluorescent lights in a move to save electricity, Chief Minister Arjun Munda Monday announced.

“We are going to soon launch the CFL schemes in each village to save power. The move is to save power and take power to each family of every village of the state,” Munda said at a press conference here Monday. “The CFL scheme will be implemented through panchayats and the state will provide subsidy up to to 80 percent.”

Under the CFL scheme, the panchayat or village council will provide 20W CFL bulbs to each family of each village so that the power load could be minimized.

At present, more than 60 percent of the 32,000 villages of the state are without electricity.

“The rural electrification is done by three agencies - Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), National Thermal Power Plant and Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB). The NTPC work is slow and JSEB works are under controversy due to many reasons,” said Munda.

He said: “Under central sponsored rural electrification scheme, only BPL families will get power connection and the state government aims to provide electricity to both BPL and APL families.”

“The transformers set to provide electricity under the central government schemes are of low power, and this is the reason we have planned CFL to provide electricity to each family of the village.”

“In the next five years, Jharkhand is set to produce nearly 4,000 MW power, through the DVC and private power companies, and will help the state become self-sufficient in power sector,” Munda said.

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