Maoist-hit village to get power for the first time

Chattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh expected to launch the power supply to Chhote Dongar next month

The Chhote Dongar village of Maoist insurgency-hit Abujmarh region in Chhattisgarh is set to get electricity connection for the first time, with chief minister Raman Singh expected to launch the supply next month.

“Chairing a meeting of energy department officials yesterday, the chief minister gave final touches to the electrification projects across the state, particularly in Bastar. He stressed on providing electricity connection to all villages by 2018,” said a state government official in Raipur on Thursday.

Singh has reviewed installation of power sub-stations in various parts of Chhattisgarh.

“During the meeting, it was informed that Chhote Dongar will be the first village in Bastar’s Abujmarh region to get electrified since Independence with traditional energy,” the official said, adding Singh is likely to inaugurate the electricity supply there in October.

Spread over 1,500 square miles, Abujmarh has a dense forest cover, rocky terrain, rivers and inaccessible forest villages, mainly inhabited by Gond, Muria and Maria tribes.

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