Power projects delayed in Meghalaya due to militant and agitation activities and monsoon amongst others

In photo: A solar power plant in Shilong
Shillong: Militant activities, bad roads and prolonged monsoons have delayed timely completion of centrally sponsored Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in Meghalaya, Power Minister Clement Marak told the Assembly on Monday.
Militant activities coupled with agitation programmes, bad roads, monsoon and hilly terrains are some of the main factors that have caused delay in the implementation of the RGGVY scheme in the state.
The state government had received sanction of Rs. 466.92 crore for electrification of 1866 villages, intensification works in 3239 electrified villages and providing free electric connection to 1,09,696 BPL households.
So far, 1676 un-electrified villages were electrified (90%), intensification of 2415 electrified villages had been completed (75%) and 90,227 BPL households were provided with power connections (82%).
Power Minister said that works in the Khasi Jaintia Hills region, (except for West Khasi Hills district), had been completed and the closure proposal is submitted to the state government, which would thereafter be submitted to the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) for the closing process.
In the Garo Hills region, 90% of un-electrified villages had been electrified, intensification of 74% electrified villages had been completed and 81% BPL households were provided electrification, Clement Marak said.
Marak also admitted that the state government was criticised by the Ministry of Power at the Conference of Power Ministers for its under-performance but the Centre accepted the reasons cited for the delay. The Centre had also granted extension of time for the state government to complete the project till January 2014, the minister added.