Tripura government has embarked on a plan to provide power connection to 52,000 odd remote tribal families by tapping solar energy in six months under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (SAUBHAGYA).
Deputy Chief Minister, Jishnu Debbarma, said that power connection from conventional sources to the remote households is not only a costly affair due to power lines but maintenance is also not feasible because of the distance and accessibility problem.
The identified 52,000 beneficiaries are spread over 531 villages across the State. In each location, hardly three to seven families reside in the hills.
Debberma also said that the PM had launched the scheme to provide last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all un-electrified households in the rural areas and that poor families would be provided with free-of-cost connection. However, they will still need to pay the monthly rent and users’ bill.
The Ministry of Power has sanctioned Rs 800 crore for Tripura in order to provide power to the remaining 1.41 lakh families by the next six months. The government will provide individual solar panels to each household with the capacity of three bulbs and two fans.
The government is going to install smart meter for customers where consumers would get pre-paid power supply and the recharge of the connection would be possible from any vendor, very much like mobile phone recharge.