Electric Houses planned for India in $2.5 billion scheme

Electric Houses have been announced as a significant part of India’s future.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a $2.5 billion project to electrify all of the country’s households by the end of 2018.”

Electric Houses would be cleaner and more sustainable, whilst tackling the country’s problematic climate emissions. This comes in the wake of plans to eradicate the use of fossil fuel and introduce electric cars across the country.

According to a Reuters report from Aditya Kalra, Sudarshan Varadhan and Mohi Narayan;

More than 40 million households – about a quarter of all in the country – are yet to be electrified and about 300 million of India’s 1.3 billion people are still not hooked up to the grid.”

The new scheme will offer a free service to connect and power houses in some of the country’s poorest areas.

No fee will be charged for electricity connection in households of poor citizens,” Modi said at an event where he launched the project.

Reuters noted that:

The project, which will be mostly funded by the federal government and run by the state-run Rural Electrification Corp Ltd, also aims to cut use of kerosene, the government said.

The pledge to provide power could face challenges as it remains difficult to provide electricity in remote towns and villages. The government said it would distribute solar power packs with a battery bank to un-electrified households in such areas.

Another challenge will be to fix finances of debt-laden power distribution companies in states that struggle to buy and supply electricity to consumers.”

More details to follow.

Colin J McCracken
Colin J McCracken

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Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.