India Backs Copper Internal Wiring

The country’s Rural Electrification Corporation has recommended only copper for internal wiring. The announcement comes as part of US$11 billion scheme to provide electrification for all homes in rural villages launched by India’s Union Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The scheme, which is known as the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, or DDUGJY, is being overseen through the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), selected as a nodal agency by the Ministry of Power. The DDUGJY is expected to see the “accelerated electrification of one lakh villages (100,000) and one crore (10 million) households” and will help improve power supply in rural households as well as reduced peak loads. ICA India worked with the REC to review and amend internal wiring specifications from the existing 2.5 sq mm aluminium conductor cable to minimum 1.5 sq mm copper conductor cable on the basis of revised National Electrical Code of India and National Building Code of India. Improved rural electrification will have untold benefits for millions of people, including in education, health, work, communication and financial security.

Village Electrification – National View
Total inhabited un-electrified villages: 18452 (as on 31.03.2015)
Villages electrified during 2015-16: 7108 (up to 31.03.2016)
Balance un-electrified villages: 11344 (as on 31.03.2016)

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