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By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Jamshedpur
  • Published 14.05.07
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Jamshedpur, May 14: After 60 years of Independence, villages at remote corners of East Singhbhum district can look forward to electrification.

The Jharkhand State Electricity Board’s (JSEB) Jamshedpur circle is implementing the ambitious Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, a central government scheme, which will ensure cent per cent electrification of the rural areas in different phases.

About 170 villages under Ghatshila, Patamda and Jamshedpur divisions of the JSEB will be electrified by October 2008 under the programme which has to be completed within a period of 18 months from the time of commencement.

According to M.P. Chowdhary, the superintending engineer of Jamshedpur circle, the notification for commencement of the scheme here was made in February, but the real work towards its implementation has gaining momentum now.

Chowdhary, who is monitoring its progress, said the project had to be done in turnkey basis and for this three companies have shown their interest.

He pointed out that the companies have conducted a survey of the villages and would shortly meet the authorities concerned of the state power board for going ahead with the rural electrification project.

“According to the scheme, the interested companies have to provide the materials as well as the manpower for carrying out the project. And despite the fact that the project has to be completed within a time-frame of 18 months, the companies have to maintain the standards of rural electrification,” he said.

He added that the three companies which have shown interest in the programme are Nagarjuna, Neon and ABL.