The Odisha government on Tuesday admitted that 3,940 villages and 16,533 small habitations remained to be electrified. According to a written reply furnished by State Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das, 3,144 villages under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana and 521 under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) could not be electrified in12th plan period. Mr. Das said over 400 villages each in Mayurbhanj, Rayagada and Koraput districts continued to be without electricity after 69 years of Independence. Similarly, a sizeable number of villages in Kandhamal, (305), Malkangiri (255), Kalahandi (227) and Angul district (221) are yet to be electrified. Similarly, 3,268 habitations in Mayurbhanj district do not have electricity.
Bolangir and Nabarangpur districts are having more than 1,000 such villages. MoUs cancelled Mr. Das in response to a separate question said the government had cancelled the memorandum of understanding signed with three independent power producers due to unsatisfactory progress. The companies are Essar Power (Odisha) Limited, Vijaya Ferro and Power Private Limited and Kalinga Energy and Power Limited. During the past one decade, Odisha had signed MoU with 30 companies that had pledged to produce nearly 40,000 mW per annum.