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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 6: 

No matter how hard Odisha Government blows its own trumpet over its achievements in past 17 years, the state has not been able make much headway when it comes to something as basic yet as crucial as electrification, if the data tabled by State Government in the Assembly is anything to go by.

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Replying to an unstarred question by Rourkela MLA Dillip Ray, Odisha Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das today revealed that as many as 38 lakh households remain un-electrified in the state.

Only 58,29,120 households have been connected to the grid out of 96,53,592 households in the state leaving out a whopping 40 percent yet-to-be-electrified.

The numbers look grim not only for backward KBK districts, but also coastal districts such as Khurda don’t fare any better.

While 1,90,522 households have been electrified in Khurda, as many as 2,91,770 households stay off the grid. In mineral rich Keonjhar, households with electricity number only 1,90,409, while a whopping 3,93,261 households go without it.

More than 1.5 lakh households are yet to be electrified in each of Angul and Sundargarh districts — considered industrial hubs of the state.

Similarly, over 2.4 lakhs in Kalahandi, 2.3 lakhs in Jajpur, 2 lakh households each in Cuttack and Balasore, 1.8 lakhs in Ganjam, 1.73 lakhs in Bolangir, 1.4 lakhs in Koraput, 1.2 lakhs each in Puri, Nabarangpur and Bargarh, and 1.1 lakh each in Kendrapara and Bhadrak among other districts remain off the grid.