VELLORE:As many as 52 villages in Vellore district are likely to be benefited under the Deendayal Upadhyays Gram Jyothi Yojana (DDUGJY) that aims at providing uninterrupted power supply to rural households.
This was disclosed by the Vellore MP, P Senguttuvan, while chairing a consultative meeting that was convened here on Friday.
The MP said that the Vellore revenue district comprising Vellore and Tirupattur electricity circles will receive Rs 35 crore and Rs 46 crore respectively with six new sub-stations to be established and 6 transformers to be upgraded in the Vellore circle while 10 substations and 8 transformers upgraded in Tirupattur.
Vellore will also receive 14,618 new meters while Tirupattur will receive 4,770 new meters. All these measures will benefit 8.95 lakh people in the district, he added.
A similar effort will be carried out in Town panchayats at a cost of Rs 30 crore in Vellore circle and Rs 18 crore in Tirupattur circle. As many as 19 town panchayats are expected to be benefited by this scheme with two additional sub-stations in each of the Vellore and Tirupattur circles would be established. the 81 km of power line in Vellore and the 43 km in Tirupattur would also be undertaken.
These measures are expected to benefit another 1.13 lakh urban population in the district. Suggestions and improvements in the proposed scheme from the district panchayat council members would be solicited and consolidated before sending them to the central government soon. Collector Nanthagopal said that the scheme would be implemented in the next two years time. While the central government would extend 60 percent funding the balance would be managed by the state government (30 percent from banks and 10 percent from funds from the Tamilnadu Generation and Distribution Corporation).
MLAs Kalaiarasu, Lingamuthu, district panchayat chairperson Dr Leela Subramanian including officials led by superintendent engineer Perumalsamy among others took part in the meeting.