Mumbai: "Post India's independence due to geographical reasons, some tribal, remote, and fringe areas and villages like Melghat in Amravati district have faced electricity-related issues but each house in Maharashtra must have the facilities of electricity," Minister of Energy Dr Nitin Raut claimed. Dr Raut has directed the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to take effective measures in this regard via a meeting organized through video conferencing.
"Melghat, Gadchiroli, and other villages in Vidarbha should be electrified soon", Dr Raut has instructed. He is also preparing a plan for the electrification of other villages in remote areas that do not have access to this public resource.
He directed the Principal Secretary, Department of Energy, to hold a priority meeting with the Forest Department to know whether the officials have had trouble in receiving permission to set up power systems in the forested areas.
He also appreciated the team's efforts for the "Gondia pattern" which was created for the recovery of electricity bills from customers. He suggested implementing this pattern in other districts of Maharashtra.
The need for strengthening the power distribution system in the outskirts of Nagpur city was also discussed. Replacing old meters in MSEDCL's Nagpur range and installing new meters is the need of the hour. Apart from this, the issue of removing faulty meters of MSEDCL and installing smart meters, and the issues of faulty lights and oil supply were reviewed in the meeting.
Laying of parallel lines for the Samrudhi Expressway, laying of underground channels in the coastal road region, updating the dashboard system, and making listed facilities available to the Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes under various schemes were talked about.
Energy Minister Dr Raut has also instructed the MSEDCL officials to register the land owned by power companies in the state.