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MANIREDA Takes Light Of Civilization To Chamu, Electric Bulbs Make Its Debut

MANIREDA team and students studying under the solar bulb. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

CHAMU (Indo-Myanmar Border), Feb 13 : “For the first time in my life, I can read under electric light”, said Ningshila Kasar, a class VIII student reading in Chamu Junior High School located along the Indo-Myanmar border in Ukhrul district.

Chamu is located about 135 Kms away from Ukhrul district headquarters under Kamjong sub-division.

In a landmark event for the village, solar lighting system was commissioned yesterday by MANIREDA under Rural Village Electrification program of the Ministry of New Renewable Energy.

As a way of life, people of Chamu, Roni, Matiyang, Khamang, Phungtha, Kachouphung (H), Kachouphung (K), Gambal (K), Kashung (K) and Heijang (K) used to stock pine wood and tinders to provide the light for their children during study hours.

Most of the students from these villages study in Chamu Junior High School and they stay in a hostel.

With MANIREDA commissioning a solar lighting system in the village inhabited by around 101 households yesterday, the villagers have seen a new light of hope of civilization and progress.

Indeed, the villagers saw the solar lighting system as a blessing for pinewood was the main source of light to dispel darkness during night as kerosene and candles are scarcely available in the area due to non-existent or pathetic transport infrastructure. Ningshila rejoiced at the prospect of enjoying the comfort of reading under electric light. Retired Subedar Major H Hormi (58) said that the installing of solar lighting system was like the Messiah blessing the village.

“In our childhood, we did not have the luxury of reading under electric light. We used to either under moonlight or light emanating from pinewood torch”. “But today we are very happy that our children would be able to read till late night under bright electric light”, Hormi rejoiced.

Parents of students residing in the hostel of Chamu Junior High School used to collect pine wood from jungles and gave them to their children for use in reading.

Now this would be a thing of the past as they solar lighting systems would be installed in the hostel very soon.

Altogether 101 solar home lighting systems and 19 street lighting systems were distributed to the villagers at a simple yesterday by Kamjong SDO Mangte Larte Kom and MANIREDA scientific officer W Suraj. W Suraj said that MANIREDA would continue its efforts to provide power supply to villages which have not been electrified yet.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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