Around 32,000 village streets across Jharkhand to get LED lights. Chief Minister, Raghubar Das made the announcement while launching the rural LED street light scheme at Dhaka village in Dumka district stated the news in HT.
“More than 29,000 LED lights would be installed on streets of 206 panchayats in this district,” said Das. “The dream of a developed state cannot be realized unless the development of villages is complete. This is why the government has decided to develop the villages with funds allotted to the village panchayat under the 14th finance commission,”
He further added that the streets of all 32,000 villages in Jharkhand would be illuminated with street lights by September 30.
Along with the LED lights, paver block roads and drinking water facilities would also be ensured in the villages by September 30 added the CM.
“To ensure 24×7 power supply, 117 new power grids and 217 power sub-stations are being constructed. A sub-station is also coming up in the panchayat. After completion of the project, which is expected by December end, the power scenario would improve largely.” Raghubar Das said.
Giving more details on the rural street light project, Jharkhand Panchayati Raj secretary Pravin Toppo said the department has signed an agreement with the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for illuminating rural streets with LED lights.
“We have set a target to illuminate all 4,367 panchayats across 24 districts in Jharkhand in three to four months. The EESL will provide the LED lights as per the requirement of the panchayat,” Toppo said, adding the company would be paid with funds allotted to the panchayats under the 14th finance commission.
The gram sabha will decide where the lights will be required. It may use it to illuminate street or villages. If streets of any village already have LED lights, the fund may be used for other development purposes,” he said.