Goalpukur (West Bengal): Electricity will reach 1,20,000 villages across India by 2009 for which an outlay of Rs33,000 crore has been made, according to Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
Inaugurating a Rs145 crore project under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Programme here on the India-Bangladesh border in North Dinajpur district, Shinde, who was accompanied by Union Information and Broadcasting minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, said an amount of Rs5,000 crore had already been spent under the programme and Rs28,000 crore more would be spent in the next two years to reach power to 40,000 villages.
The minister said the Union government has targeted to produce 80,000 mw of power in the next five years of which 30,000 mw would alone be required by the northeastern states.
The Goalpukur project would reach electricity to families below the poverty line free of cost. The state government will bear a subsidy of 10% and the rest by the Union government, Dasmunshi said.