Nagla Fatela electrification row: Never told Centre village was fully electrified, says UP govt

PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, had said that although Nagla Fatela was only three hours away from Delhi, it took 70 years for electricity to reach there.

Written by Ishita Mishra | Published: August 19, 2016 3:11 am
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav (Source: File Photo) Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav (Source: File Photo)

A day after being sent a showcause notice by Centre over the Nagla Fatela electrification row, the Uttar Pradesh government is learnt to have prepared a reply where it maintains that no wrong information was supplied by it to the Centre. The reply is likely to be shared by Friday.

The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), which is under the Centre, had showcaused Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (DVVNL), asking it to clarify the non-supply of electricity in Nagla Fatela village of Hathras district.

PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, had said that although Nagla Fatela was only three hours away from Delhi, it took 70 years for electricity to reach there.

However, The Indian Express Tuesday reported that only 150 homes, out of 600 in the village, were getting electricity and even that through illegal ‘katia’ connections.

UP power department sources told The Indian Express that the state had never said that Nagla Fatela was fully electrified.

According to sources, UP government in its reply claims that REC had done a survey in the village and had not shown any house as electrified in its report. Contrary to it, a report prepared by a local contractor had shown 83 houses as electrified.

According to sources, in October 2015, the REC in another report stated that Nagla Fatela had been electrified and that the electrification work had been done by a private contractor. While REC report concluded that the whole village had been electrified, the pending process of finally resuming supply was not mentioned.

UP government now says that in order to resume supply through newly developed infrastructure, it submitted the money for the security NOC on August 16, 2016, adding that the final process of electrification will now be completed in the village.

The UP government adds that even a central team, which visited Nagla Fatela on March 28,2016, had mentioned in its report that process of electrification was in progress.

The state government further says that the village has been electrified since 1985, but through transformers and infrastructure meant for tubewells.

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