December 2, 2013
Hundred per cent electrification in Howrah by year end
By December end, every household in the district of Howrah will have power supply. In a major initiative taken up by the State Government, the State Electricity agency DSL has been entrusted with this job.
Common people, including those who fall under BPL category will get the opportunity to light up their homes, a basic facility that was unavailable for the last 34 years. Mamata Banerjee, after becoming the Chief Minister took serious cognizance, first to build the necessary infrastructure, and then to ensure complete electrification of the state.
Around 8000 families are yet to receive electric supply in Howrah, mostly in rural areas.
The work for installing infrastructure – like laying high-tension lines, constructing sub-stations etc. – are going on in war footing and nearing completion in most places. When the sun sets on 1st January 2014, families in most distant villages in Howrah will no longer need to light up their kerosene lamps; power will be available to them.
In the long run, the government is planning to ensure 100 per cent electrification of rural Bengal by April 2014, the Power Minister had informed the West Bengal Vidhan Sabha last week. Truly, this is one of the commitments by the Maa, Mati, Manush government that is on the way of fruition.