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Every house in every village of India will be provided electricity by 2017: PM

by Harsha Yadav

Source: Newstrackindia.com

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said that his government would initiate measures to ensure that every house in every village of India would be provided with electricity in the next five years i.e. 2017.

Addressing the nation on the occasion of the country’s 65th Independence Day from the ramparts of the historic 17th century-built Red Fort, Dr. Singh said: “When the UPA Government came to power in 2004, we had promised that we would provide electricity to all villages. To fulfill this promise, we launched the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme. More than one lakh new villages have been provided with electricity connections under this scheme and now almost all the villages in the country have been electrified.”

“Our next target is to provide electricity to each and every household in our country in the next 5 years and to also improve the supply of electricity,” he added.

India currently suffers from a major shortage of electricity generation capacity, even though it is the world’s fourth largestenergy consumer after United States, China and Russia.

The International Energy Agency estimates India needs an investment of at least 135 billion dollars to provide universal access of electricity to its population.

The International Energy Agency estimates India will add between 600 GW to 1200 GW of additional new powergeneration capacity before 2050. This added new capacity is equivalent to the 740 GW of total power generation capacity of European Union (EU-27) in 2005.

The technologies and fuel sources India adopts, as it adds this electricity generation capacity, may make significant impact to global resource usage and environmental issues.ndia’s electricity sector is amongst the world’s most active players in renewable energy utilization, especially wind energy.

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