Piyush Goyal said that every village of Odisha would be electrified by May 2018.
Bhubaneswar: Union coal minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said that Odisha would get Rs 70,000 crore from the 12 coal blocks allocated to it.
“Odisha will generate revenue of Rs 70,000 crore from 12 of its allocated coal blocks,” he said at the “Make in Odisha” conclave.
“Odisha’s mining industry has the potential to transform the state into one with full employment to its people,” he said. Mr Goyal said every village of Odisha would be electrified by May 2018. “In last two years, out of the 3,474 villages (in the state), we have electrified 1,811 villages and the work of electrification in under progress in 1,172 villages.”
Stressing on the requirement of saving energy, Mr Goyal said: “The government has distributed about 18 crore LED bulbs in the country, out of which 73,000 LED bulbs have been distributed in Odisha.”
“If the people of the state adopt the LED bulbs, then the state can save a lot of energy energy every year,” he added.