Mangaluru: 3800 BPL Families Deprived of Electricity in DK

Mangaluru: A review meeting on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) was held at the DC office here, on August 1.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel during the review said that under the IPDS, DK district will get 12 power sub-stations and that a DPR of Rs 68.13 crore has already been sent to the Central government. He further said that in addition to the IPDS, a DPR of Rs 405.66 crore under DDUGJY for electrification of the rural areas in Mangaluru, Bantwal, Puttur, Belthangady and Sullia has also been sent to the Central government for approval.

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He further advised MESCOM officials to install solar panels on the roof of ZP and DC office buildings. While applying for the new power connections, the officers should insist the applicants to install solar panels on the roof of their houses.

When asked about the BPL families who do not have electricity, MESCOM officials said that there are 3,800 BPL families who do not have electricity. MESCOM officials assured to include all the 3,800 families under the DDUGJY scheme.

There was a demand by MLA J R Lobo to lay underground electric cables in the city as electric cables over ground always pose an increased danger for pedestrians during in the rainy season.

In response, DC Ibrahim instructed the MESCOM officials to take up laying underground electric cables in three phases.

ZP CEO Sreevidya and MESCOM officials were also present.

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