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Electrification row in Hathras: State govt submits report on Nagla Fatela to Centre

Officials of the Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (DVVNL), which was representing the state government, refrained from commenting on media reports attached by the REC.

By: Express News Service | Agra |
August 20, 2016 4:32:01 am

Seeking to put an end to the Centre’s allegations that it had shared wrong information about the electrification of Nagla Fatela, the state government on Friday submitted its report with the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC). It stated that all aspects of power supply, required infrastructure and present status of the village had been shared with the Centre.

Officials of the Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (DVVNL), which was representing the state government, refrained from commenting on media reports attached by the REC.

The 3-page report, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, provides detailed responses to all eight points raised by the Centre. Responding to REC’s allegation that it had updated the GARV app with wrong information, the DVVNL’s report said that the app was being run and monitored by Central authorities, and the state had no role in its functioning. “The GARV app is maintained by REC, New Delhi. Field data is collected by the Gramin Vidyut Abjiyanta (GAV), who are employed by REC in each district,” it said.

“The status of the electrification was communicated to the Centre through an email on October 10, 2015. As the work of establishing infrastructure for electrification was completed, we mentioned its status as completed. And as the village already had power supply, we termed it ‘electrified’,” said the report filed by MD DVVNL (Agra) SVS Rathore.

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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 had on 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 had told The Indian Express that the state had never said that Nagla Fatela was fully electrified.

The REC, which is under the Centre, had showcaused the DVVNL, asking it to clarify the non-supply of electricity in Nagla Fatela village of Hathras district.

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