The Purvanchal region of the country presents one such sorry story, where the people continue to wander in dark as there is a severe crunch of electricity in the area.

In 18 Lok Sabha constituencies of the region, where polling is underway on Monday, more than 67 percent families still reside in dark.

The situation of Purvanchal is like ‘darkness below lamp’ as Sonbhadra, the electricity producing city of the region is located there itself. Polling is also going to be held on six Lok Sabha seats in Bihar situated close to Purvanchal region and the situation is quite grim there as well.

According to Census 2011, less than 25 percent of families in areas like Ghazipur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Siddharthnagar and Balia have access to electricity, which implies that three-fourth families are still living in dark.

Similarly, in places like Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Sonbhadra and Deoria, only 30 percent families have electricity in their homes.

What’s indeed worrying is that no positive development took place in the region from 2001 to 2011.

Contrary to that, the number of families availing electricity facility has further got reduced. Especially, the problem of electricity crunch has increased in the districts of Jaunpur, Ghazipur and Varanasi.

What’s heartening is that in spite of power generating plants being located in Obra, Anpara and Rihand, the towns located around them are devoid of adequate electricity.

Varanasi is the only district in Purvanchal where 62 percent families have access to electricity but this is quite lower when put into comparison with the national average.

The situation is more deplorable on the six seats of Bihar where elections are underway in the last phase. Only 8 to 16.5 percent families have got access to electricity in places like West Champaran, East Champaran, Vaishani, Gopalganj, Siwan and Valmikinagar.

Even after independence, 85 to 92 percent families residing in this region are waiting for electricity to light up their houses.

The promises of Central as well as state government to provide electricity to the people of Purvanchal region turned out to be nothing but hollow.

(Agencies)

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