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In UP, poor may get electricity connections for just Rs 10

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The UP Power CorporationLimited is planning to launch a new scheme for providing electricity connections easily and swiftly. The proposed scheme, 'Jhatpat Connection Yojana' (instant connection scheme), envisages quick processing of applications for electricity connections, mainly through online process.

A presentation of the scheme was made before UPPCL chairman Alok Kumar.

Kumar said under the scheme, a consumer's application would be immediately forwarded to the engineers concerned under a swift processing system for quick approval.

A consumer may get his application filed online or at e-suvidha/Jan Suvidha centres.

Kumar said a below poverty line consumer would be required to pay just Rs 10 for an electricity connection, while those in above poverty line category would be required to pay Rs 100 for getting an electricity connection of load between 1 KW to 25 KW.

The proposal comes amid repeated complaints of consumers facing harassment while seeking an electricity connection.

Kumar said an engineer would be required to visit the spot and file an assessment for an electricity connection within a set time frame under the scheme.

(This article was originally published in The Times of India)

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