Switch On ! Electricity for Tribal Villages in Mumbai's Aarey Forest
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No Electricity in Mumbai in our 72nd year of Indian Independence?
Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana Saubhagya ( meaning electricity in every home) is a flagship scheme, floated by the PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi, QUEST ( Quality Evaluation For Sustainable Transformation) by Maharashtra CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis, with special budgetary allocations for Tribals, was launched in April 2018, and YET, within the City of Dreams & India’s Financial Capital MUMBAI CITY, we have households without electric connections!
Naushacha Pada is an old Adivasi village of Aarey Forest, now within the precincts of the Mumbai Veterinary college Goregaon East. As part of the Swach Bharat & Open Defecation Free campaigns, I had arranged for Toilets for this village. On my visit there I noticed that even though the village is a stone’s throw from the bustling Western Express Highway of Mumbai and in spite of there being a tar road with street lights within touching distance of the Adivasi huts, the Adivasis have no electricity.
This glaring injustice shook me. Visits to the many other Adivasi Villages of Aarey Forest showed the same pattern. The Government quarters were electrified, whereas the indigenous Warli tribes, living in the Aarey forest for generations, were in the dark.
The 100-year-old Vanicha Pada has an unused electric substation set up 2 years ago, yet today, the village has no electricity.
“We need a No Objection Certificate from the Government” is what Reliance Energy told me, as being the reason for not granting power connections to these villages.
I request you to sign my petition and help the Warli tribes of Aarey Forest get Freedom from Darkness.
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