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Tripura eyes total electrification

Agartala, Jan. 28: The Tripura government is working on a plan to achieve 100 per cent electrification in the state.

This was decided during a review meeting at the secretariat here between chief minister Manik Sarkar, power minister Manik Dey and the Tripura State Electrical Corporation Ltd officials last evening.

The officials said the state had already achieved power-surplus status following the commercial production of power from the first unit of the Palatana project in South Tripura.

Of the 9,080 human habitations, electrification is over in 8,411 and work is on to provide electricity to the remaining 669 habitations.

“Work is on and all the habitations will be electrified by the end of 2016,” Tripura State Electrical Corporation Ltd chairman Shyamal Roy said at the meeting.

Power minister Manik Dey criticised the Centre on the sanctions of funds under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Project.

He said the state government had sought Rs 684 crore from the Centre but got a sanction of only Rs 316 crore.

During the meeting, the chief minister stressed the need to lay electric lines in Agartala and other urban centres of the state.

The state at present has overhead power transmission lines.

This not only leads to transmission loss and power theft but also to accidents and damage during natural disasters like storms.

“We have already taken up a plan to lay the transmission lines and wires underground in the state capital as well as in the subdivisional and district towns,” Roy said.