Rural electrification scheme fails to take off in Bandipora

Bandipora, Nov 9: Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) a rural electrification scheme has proved a damp squib for thousands of residents in various villages of north Kashmir’ Bandipora...

Bandipora, Nov 9: Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) a rural electrification scheme has proved a damp squib for thousands of residents in various villages of north Kashmir' Bandipora district.
 The residents of various villages including Doban, Maliknard, Panar, Athwatoo, Vewan, Sarinder, Kuta, Kudara, Pasawalpati, Hapatnar, Aragam, Gujjarpati and adjoining areas allege that the flagship Central scheme has failed to achieve its objective due its lopsided implementation by the Power Development Department (PDD).
 The aggrieved locals told Greater Kashmir that PDD has failed to provide electricity to hundreds of villages surveyed to be covered under RGGVY about 7 years ago.
 Of the 110 villages in Bandipora district, only four or five have been electrified in the last four years, while rest of the villages are yet to get electricity. 27 villages in Gurez are yet to be covered under the scheme, official sources said.
 Expressing concern over the delay in the implementation of the scheme, locals alleged irregularities and misuse of funds meant for implementation of the scheme.
 "Grave irregularities have taken place during the implementation of the scheme. The material and equipment has been sold out to private electrical mechanics," alleged a local Ghulam Hassan of Doban.
 "We approached the authorities many times and asked them to take effective measures to get our villages electrified under RGGVY," he said adding; "Till date no one has paid any heed towards our repeated pleas."
 In many villages PDD has erected electric poles three years back but failed to lay the transmission lines putting question mark on the implementation of the scheme.
 When contacted, Executive Engineer PDD Bandipora said the Department was trying its best for successful implementation of the scheme.
 "We are in the second phase of the RGGVY. All the villages will be electrified under the scheme within timeframe," he said.

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