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| Last Updated:01/02/2019

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Over 13,000 houses in West UP get electricity connections in a day

As many as 13,254 houses were given electricity connections in Western Uttar Pradesh in a single day on Saturday under 'Saubhagya' scheme, senior government officials said. The districts where the connections were given include Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Hapur, Gautam Budh Nagar, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Moradabad, Sambhal, Amroha, Rampur and Bijnor.




Out of the total houses, 2,372 belonged to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. The connections were given for free during 464 mega camps set up across West UP.


Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana 'Saubhagya'-- an Rs 16,320 crore scheme of the central government-- aims to provide power connections to over 4 crore families in rural and urban areas by December 2018.


As many as 464 mega camps were set up in 14 districts of West UP on Saturday, and a report of the number of electricity connections was made public on Sunday.


Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) managing director Ashutosh Niranjan had conducted inspection of the mega camps.


Ashutosh Niranjan, managing director, PVVNL, said, "Under Saubhagya scheme, people of the country will get free electricity connections. They should take benefit of this scheme and take part in it in huge numbers. Under this scheme, all the Above Poverty Line (APL) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) customers will not only be given free electricity connections but will also get free electricity meters, service cable, 9 watt LED bulb, two switches and one socket."


While the BPL customers will not have to pay for the electricity connections, Rs 50 per month will be taken from APL customers in 10 easy installments.