Isolated regions of Rajouri, J&K get electricity for the first time after independence
People staying in far-flung and isolated villages of Rajouri region here are thrilled after initiating electricity under the Soubaghya Electricity plan.
At most limited 20,000 houses have got the power nexus for the first time. The region, particularly near the border, was denied of energy supply since independence.
DDC Rajouri Mohammed Aijaz Asad conversed with daily on this expansion and answered, “The Centre under the scheme has provided power to around 20,300 homes. People are very happy here. The bulk of the regions near the LoC did not have access to electricity since 1947. The project has impacted the area on a large scale.”
“We are very fortunate now. Our homes have been lit up. We are ready to carry out day to day work easily. Development is taking place in the area with the coming of electricity. Our children are now able to study at night hassle-free. Initial, they do study with the help of oil lanterns and candles. There are four transformers in the region now,” replied Khadharian sarpanch Khadim Hussain.
A local also showed happiness over the progress and stated that business is also expanding in the region with the supply of power.
“New shops are initiating as there is electricity now. Carpenters have installed welding tools in their shops and are getting a good response from the clients. Two to three electricity surveys have set up in our cities. We are now ready to charge our mobile phones in our homes. I thank the administration for this.”
Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – ‘ Saubhagya ‘ a new scheme was started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 25, 2017. Under Saubhagya free power connections to all families (both APL and poor families) in rural areas and poor families in urban areas will be granted.