Goyal, who attended a review meeting of the power sector with state government officials yesterday, said about 4,000 villages or 50 lakh households were yet to have electricity connection even after so many years of Independence.

The Union Minister said all the villages would be electrified under two central schemes -- Integrated Power Development Scheme and Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana.

Goyal also met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today, who apprised the former about the problems, including law and order and land acquisition, for electricity connection to villages in the state.

Stating that the agricultural electricity consumption of farmers is just two percent in the state, the minister said a separate dedicated line would be ensured to supply electricity to the farmers of Odisha.

Goyal asked the state government to set up a large solar power project, citing inadequate presence of solar energy facilities in the state. He said the state government has identified three locations for pumped storage hydropower plants.


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