A group of engineers from Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited (MGVCL) have begun work to repair fault in electric cable that had hampered power supply to several villages in Naswadi taluka of Vadodara district. They said the villages would begin to get power supply in a week.
The Indian Express had reported about the power disruption in its July 11 edition.
We have started work and involved the private contractor who had undertaken to lay the electricity line in these villages. Our officials will visit the villages for inspection, Dilip Kadia,deputy engineer with MGVCL at Naswadi,said.
The villages of Wadia,Amta,Khokhra,Ganyabari,Sakribari,Khuppa,Ummed,Talav,Pipalwani and others received electricity for the first time since Independence in 2011,but soon a cable fault cut supplies for nearly nine months. Villagers had alleged that their complaints to the local MGVCL officials bore no fruit.
Not long after power supply in the wire began,a whole wire in Talav village burnt down,cutting down power supply.
Attacks by wild animals and snakebites that are common in this forested region and villagers feel once they begin receiving electricity,such incidents could be avoided. We are assisting the workers in every way possible to ensure that power supply resumes in our village, Manchi Bhil,a villager from Wadia,said.
The villages were provided electricity under the state governments Jyotigram Yojana launched in 2003 meant to provide 24-hour power supply to villages in the state.
Several villages in Naswadi region,located nearly 100 kilometres from Vadodara,are yet to see schools,while there is not a single hospital around. Many villages only recently received pucca roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.