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Electricity reaches Khongjri, Khong villages
Published on 3 Mar. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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Khongjri and Khong villages under Kiphire district were electrified on February 25 under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) scheme. The electrification of the two villages were inaugurated by Er. D Basumatari, Chief Engineer (Power). In a function held at Khongjri village, chief engineer explained that since inception of the state the department had been electrifying villages through many schemes, which were funded through loans and hence had taken long time to reach distant and remote villages. However, government of India had initiated RGGVY scheme which comprised grant from government of India to the tune of 90%. The chief engineer said, through the scheme the department planned to electrify 105 un-electrified villages in the state, which include 43 de-electrified villages. De-Electrified villages comprise of villages that were electrified earlier but were subsequently disconnected from the grid due to natural calamity etc. The scheme also had provision for intensive electrification of habitations in 1173 already electrified villages and free connections to BPL households. The Chief Engineer stated that nodal agency, Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), and Ministry of Power were closely monitoring all RGGVY projects. Although there were some negative media reports on the progress of RGGVY in Nagaland recently, he explained that most of the RGGVY projects were awarded during last quarter of 2008-09 and as per pre-determined milestones set by nodal agency it was envisaged that works at site were to begin only after 9-10 months of the award ie. October –November 2009. Accordingly, the progress was beginning to show - 14 nos. un-electrified villages have been electrified, intensive electrification of habitations in 54 already electrified villages have been completed and 4283 BPL connections have been released under the scheme. Chief Engineer thanked the villagers for co-operation extended during the construction and also for inaugural function. Dedicating the newly created assets to the people he asked them to use electricity with responsibility by coming forward for communitisation, which was mandatory under the scheme. Apart from the people of Khongjri and Khong, the elders of Lopfukhong, Mimi and Longkhimong attended the function. The villagers expressed happiness for supplying electricity for the first time and also lauded the hard work and dedication of Er. Suralo, SDO (Elect.) and Daniel, JE. The function was chaired by Er. Suralo, SDO(Elect.) Kiphire and the vote of thanks proposed by Er. Tiameren Walling, EE(Elect.) Tuensang. Er. Khose Sale, SE who also spoke mentioned the highlights, aims and objectives of RGGVY scheme.

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