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FEB 13 2017

In Karnataka, a reality check: 29 villages continue to be without electricity

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Mon 13th FEB 2017

Karnataka has pumped in thousands of crores of rupees into the power sector and has been fronting technological innovations with regard to 'Smart Villages', but here is the dark reality: 29 villages in the state are yet to get power connections!

A revelation to this effect was made by the state government in the legislative assembly on Friday. Following a question from Belthangady MLA (Congress) K Vasanth Bangera, the government stated while three 'power-less' villages are in Shivamogga district, four are in Chamarajnagar district, 17 are in Uttara Kannada district and five villages are in Belagavi district.

Replying on behalf of power minister D K Shivakumar, municipalities and local bodies minister Eshwar Khandre said a majority of these villages have not got power connections because of their location and the logistical constraints involved with regard to installation of power supply lines.

"The three villages in Shivamogga district are located in the forest area and it is difficult to supply power to these villages. However, the houses in these villages have been given lighting through solar standalone systems under the Centre's Decentralised Distribution Generation (DDG) scheme," Khandre said. Similarly, four villages in Belagavi are powered by solar energy as they also are located deep inside the forests.

This apart, efforts are being made to provide power supply to the remaining villages, Khandre added.

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