Patna: On Sunday, a supervision done a vital announcement. With a remote encampment in Manipur being connected to a electricity grid, it claimed that all villages in a nation were now electrified. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers were discerning to send out congratulatory messages on a vital success.
A existence check conducted by News18 in Bihar, however, has found that even some villages usually a few kilometres from collateral Patna were contingent on lanterns notwithstanding being electrified. Travel a small serve and it is transparent that many villages are electrified usually on paper as they don’t even have any infrastructure to supply electricity.
Even before a Centre, a Nitish Kumar supervision had on Dec 27 final year, pronounced that a aim of electricity tie in all income villages had been achieved.
However villages opposite a stream Ganga, situated usually 15 kilometers divided from Patna, had no pointer of electricity supply. Villagers in Madhopur Diara were overjoyed when they saw electricity poles and a transformer for a initial time final year. Soon, it was connected to a tributary and a date for grave coronation was announced.
Local MP Ramkripal Yadav and Danapur MLA Asha Devi pulpy a switch that illuminated adult a tuber amid howling applause.
But their hearten lasted usually 4 hours. A local, Pramod Kumar, said, “Bijli netaon ke jaane ke saath hi chali gayi (electricity went with a politicians).” His mother Sonia Devi, display a lantern, pronounced no one came after that coronation and they were left to live in a dark.
Unlike Madhopur Diara, 22 villages of West Champaran district, 175 kilometers divided from Patna, are still not connected to electricity infrastructure. There was no pointer of any electric stick or transformer. However, a few families have bought solar panels on their own.
This area is busy by arch apportion Nitish Kumar overdue to his personal tie with Mahatma Gandhi and his impasse in centenary jubilee of Champaran Satyagrah, that resolved final month.
Gobarahia, Semrehni, Naurangia, Dhokni, Gardi are some of a villages underneath Ramnagar Block of a district where energy supply is a apart dream. There is no pointer of any infrastructure that would advise any critical bid to bond these villages with a nearest feeder.
In some villages, electric poles were manifest though cables had had not been laid. The government’s devise of providing solar panels also unsuccessful as batteries were not installed.
In Mishraulia, located usually 7 kilometers divided from a district headquarter of Sitamarhi, villagers told News18 that during foundation expostulate officials visited them and collected dual thousand rupees any for providing a connection. But that never happened.
Poles were erected though cables were blank and there was no pointer of any transformer during a designated place. However, some families were supposing meters for designation opposite a income they deposited.
Much to their surprise, they started removing bills opposite bound charges though any pointer of electricity.
About 4 thousand people live in this village, that has around 1,900 voters. Be it Assembly or Lok Sabha elections, Nitish Kumar always visits a place as many of a electorate are from Kurmi community, to that he belongs.
“About 250 families practical for tie 5 years ago. But one can see a fate. We have pucca houses though we rest on a lantern in a evening. The supervision is creation a fun of us by promulgation bills. We keep angry though to no avail,” pronounced Pappu Patel, a villager.
From Madhopur to Mishraurila, people are confronting a double whammy of no energy supply and reduction subsidy of kerosene oil. Lalan Kumar of Mishraulia said, “Earlier we got 3 litres of kerosene any month though now my encampment is electrified on paper so a subsidy has been halved. Now we get usually 1.5 litres.” Kerosene is widely used in farming Bihar for lighting stoves and Lantern.
(With Inputs from Munna Raj in Champaran and Rakesh Kumar in Sitamarhi)