Lucknow, July 19 :
The Uttar Pradesh government will provide free electricity connections to 1.72 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families in the state, officials said Saturday.
Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan has issued an order for getting the desired logistics. He said the construction of 33/11 substations in 166 out of out of 201 tehsils will be completed by October later this year. The rest may be completed by March 2015.
While reviewing the performance of the energy department and additional sources here Friday, Ranjan said under the plan to provide 24-hour power supply, 122 transmission substations would be built.
He has already ordered capacity building of 103 transmission substations on priority basis.
The chief secretary said pending works of Anpara-D thermal power project, Harduaganj and Panki extension, Obra-C, Ghatampur, and Meja thermal power projects should be completed in a time-bound manner.
Senior officials have been instructed to personally inspect the setting up of solar lights in Lohia villages and informed that funds had been released for setting up of 1,200 solar pumps during the current financial year.