STATE POWER Minister Sovandeb Chatterjee on Friday said by the end of this year, the government wants to achieve 100 per cent electrification in rural areas of the state.
Following the first administrative meeting of the Mamata government, Chatterjee said, “Except 14 villages of Sunderbans in South-24 Parganas, all rural areas will have electricity by this month. The CM has promised that Sunderbans would be provided electricity through the power grid and work has been started for this purpose.
“Though we cannot specify a deadline, it will be done by the end of this year.” He also said by the end of 2016, all government offices would be powered by solar energy. The minister added that the state-run West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited has come up with a mobile app named Bidyut Sahyogi.
“Initially, it was named Sahyogi. But in the meeting, the CM made some changes and named it Bidyut Sahyogi so that people know what it is about,” Chatterjee said. He added that over 1.63 crore consumers would benefit from the app. Once it is downloaded on a smart phone, users would be able to view and pay bills and even follow tenders floated by the department. “The aim is to make services prompt and the process transparent,” Chatterjee said.
Meanwhile, in the wake of Vivekananda flyover collapse in which 26 people were killed on March 31, officials said instructions had been issued on condition-monitoring of bridges, and flyovers, which has to be done meticulously and on a priority basis.