Times of Oman
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Remote villages to get electricity
July 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

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Bangalore: The Decentralised Distributed Generation (DDG) under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) for electrification of such villages where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost-effective, is being implemented, said Piyush Goyal, the minister of state for power, coal & new and renewable energy.

In April 2005, the government conceived 'Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana' to electrify all un-electrified villages/habitations and to provide access to electricity to all rural households in un-electrified and electrified villages across the country.

The scheme covers electrification of all the villages in the country except the villages under the programme of the Ministry of Non-conventional Sources (MNES) for providing electricity from non-conventional energy sources under the remote village electrification programme.

Restricted power supply
In the 12th plan period, DDG has also been extended to the grid connected area where supply of electricity is for less than six hours a day. Decentralised Distributed Generation (DDG) can be from conventional or renewable sources such as biomass, biofuels, biogas, mini hydro and solar to name a few for which Rs9 billion as subsidy has been earmarked for DDG projects.

However, the allocation under DDG would be flexible to meet any additional requirements within the overall cost of the scheme.

The DDG scheme provides a subsidy equivalent to 90 per cent of the project cost. The balance 10 per cent is to be arranged by the implementing agency on its own or arranged from any FI/REC.

The minister further stated that the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has been implementing Remote Village Electrification (RVE) programme to provide financial support for lighting/basic electrification in those remote unelectrified census villages and unelectrified hamlets of electrified census villages where grid extension is not found feasible by the state governments and hence are not covered under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).

Such villages are provided basic facilities for lighting/electricity through various renewable energy sources. Under the programme, Central Financial Assistance of up to 90 per cent of the cost of systems, subject to pre specified maximum amount, is provided for approved projects to the states.

The balance cost of projects is financed through contribution from State plans, beneficiaries, or other sources.

775 projects
The minister said that during the last five years, REC has sanctioned 775 DDG projects for a total project cost of Rs3.49 billion in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha. Out of these 775 projects, 164 projects have already been commissioned and remaining are at various stages of tendering and execution.

The REC has so far disbursed Rs437 million for the implementation of the DDG projects. The RVE scheme is based on proposal submitted by states for coverage of left out villages/hamlets from the RGGVY scheme of Ministry of Power; therefore, target is not relevant.

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