Electricity holds a significant part in our lives and the absence of which makes daily mundane life difficult but have you ever thought of living without it. Chhattisgarh’s Balrampur district has a village named Jhalpi Para has received electricity for the first time since independence.
Last year at this time the village got electricity connections as the solar panels were installed by the district administration for every family.
The government’s initiatives have failed to reach the village and that has forced the residents to spend nights in dark without electricity.
“We felt as if we were still the slaves of Britishers as even after more than 70 years of Independence there had been no electricity here. We want to thank the media for amplifying this issue. Earlier also we had approached the concerned officials, MLAs etc but no one heard us, it is after the media highlighted this problem they took note of it,” a local quoted.
The government said in March last year recorded that out of 18,452 villages that suffered from lack of electricity three years ago. 17,181 were electrified and only the uninhibited or grazing reserves were left without electrification.
The locals of Jhalpi village says that the process of providing infrastructure was done but still no electricity reached the village. Locals also said that despite transformers and metres were installed in every household, electricity didn’t reach the village.
In February there were reports of villagers receiving electricity bills without electricity. The local administration then looked into the problem. What’s more shocking is the fact that engineer-in-charge of the village was not even aware of the problem and has quoted in the reports that he got to know about the problem through media and the problem has been resolved now.