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Even after 6 decades of independance, many villages are in darkness

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No ElectricityWhen the entire world was switching off lights for an hour as part of a global campaign to save electricity on 28-03-2009, 80-year-old Ram Avtar of Dawoodnagar village, 5 Kms from state capital, was searching for kerosene can to lit an earthen lamp. And, he was not the lone soul. Nearly 200 odd families in this village have been forced to do so, daily.

Even after six decades of independence, this village is still awaiting electricity . It was also included in the municipal limits about 20 years ago but even that failed to remove its cover of darkness.

The villagers, mostly small farmers, have resigned to their fate. “We are too poor to make our voices hear,” said a local farmer Ram Pal, as he wiped off sweat from his face with a piece of cloth. “We have little option but to continue living like this,” he said. The villagers said that in the absence of power the agricultural activities are affected. All that the farmers have been able to do is the installation of an ‘engine’ (they call it a lister) to drive a tubewell. “But for that we need diesel and we cannot afford it for long,” Pal said.

The irony further unfolds from here. A series of cemented electricity poles looks over a kharanja along the village, but the wires are missing. Pal said the poles were put up a decade ago but in the absence of electricity, the wires were stolen. “Ever since then nobody took a serious cognizance of it,” he said.

The Kharanja meanders along a government secondary school. But for having an airy classroom, there is hardly any respite for students during soaring daytime temperatures. “What else can we do but to study under this heated roof. We don’t have any fans here...,” said Luv Kush, a class VII student. “The department asks us to install computers. But where is electricity,” said a government teacher. “The proposal of an overhead tank for providing drinking water to the school too was shelved for the same reason,” the teacher said.

Local corporator Kum Kum Rajput said she had made a representation before power minister Ram Veer Upadhyaya and urban development minister Nakul Dubey. “But that was the end of it. Ever since then no one bothered to look into the issue,” she said.

When contacted, chief engineer of Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (Lesa), KB Ram denied having any knowledge of the villagers’ problems. “We have not received any representation from any quarters,” he said, but assured of taking adequate steps to get the village electrified.

Source - Times of India

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