The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has grabbed the attention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by successfully distributing electricity to every BPL and APL listed household in South Dinajpur, Malda, East Midnapore and West Midnapore.
The company has claimed that they have completed 100 per cent work for development of power in rural areas in four districts. According to information from the state secretariat, the Chief Minister is satisfied with WBSEDCL’s work on power development in rural areas.
However, Banerjee wants WBSEDCL to work at a faster pace to provide electricity to each and every household in rural Bengal. WBSEDCL authorities have set a target to light up every part of the state by the end of March 2016.
After coming to power in Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had committed to distribute electricity to every household. With a slogan “shobar jonno alo” (electricity is for everyone), the Mamata Banerjee-led government helped WBSEDCL with state funds to expedite power projects in rural areas.
Following WBSEDCL, various organisations like NTPC and NHPC also worked hard to improve power quality in rural areas. According to WBSEDCL, West Bengal is one of the leading states in the country in rural electrification.
In a report till August of this fiscal, WBSEDCL has mentioned that around 99 per cent of power distribution work has been completed in rural areas of Howrah district. According to the report, WBSEDCL has successfully distributed electricity to all APL households and within two months, the pending work will be completed.
After completing the project in Howrah district, WBSEDCL will complete other projects in Jalpaiguri, Hooghly, Burdhaman, Bankura and Purulia districts where 92-98 per cent work has already been completed. WBSEDCL report said South 24-Parganas followed by Darjeeling, Murshidabad and Birbhum are still lagging behind.