UP CM orders 24-hour power supply to distt centres, 18 hours for villages
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 12 Apr 2017 09:20:49|
Adityanath and Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal to sign ambitious ‘Power for All’ pact on April 14 to meet the Centre’s target of making UP energy efficient by 2018
UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday ordered 18-hour power supply in villages, 20-hour at tehsil level and in Bundelkhand region besides deciding to ink a pact with the Centre to ensure electricity in all UP villages by 2019.
A meeting of the State Cabinet chaired by Adityanath, the second since he assumed office last month, also decided that district headquarters will get 24-hour power supply, Power Minister Shrikant Sharma told reporters here after the three-hour-long meeting.
The Chief Minister directed the Power Department to ensure that defective or burnt transformers are replaced expeditiously in rural areas so that agricultural operations do not suffer, he said.
Sharma said that the ambitious ‘Power for All’ pact will be signed by Adityanath and Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal here on April 14 to meet the Centre’s target of making the State energy efficient by 2018 and help in ensuring power in all UP villages before 2019.
“It was the order of the Chief Minister that all Shaktipeeths are supplied 24-hour power during Navratris and we have been successful in it.
“ Examinations are on and students should get power during the night so that they do not have to suffer,” Sharma said.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to ensure uninterrupted supply to the villages from 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning so as to help the students prepare for exams.
On former CM Akhilesh Yadav’s statement that there is nothing new in providing power during Navratri and Ramnavami, he said, the earlier roster system was not implemented on the ground and remained restricted to the CM’s residence, Shakti Bhawan and for the VIPs.
“The difference is, our VIPs are poor residing in villages. We will take action against officers if the roster is not implemented at the rural level, which was ignored earlier. The Government is working for providing 24-hour power supply by October 2018,” he said.