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Elderly villager’s effort to light up a dark village in interior Manipur
Published on 10 Aug. 2009 11:42 PM IST
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The children of Parbung village may see the glow of electric light for the first time in their life, thanks to the effort of an elderly villager, Thangchunghnung. Twenty months have passed since this interior village in Churachandpur, located around 260 kilometre away from Imphal, has been living under the dark – in the absence of power supply for the past 25 year since the failure of the diesel engine of the power house. However, 73 year old Thangchunghnung son of (L) Kapa has invented a new idea to generate power from the Bongshat rivulet using a dynamo. One of the southernmost villages of the state, Parbung has 504 houses with a population of over 3,100. The village has been isolated from the rest of the state due to lack of communication facility and further needs around 100 kilowatt of power on an average. Meanwhile, on August 1 last the invention of the village elder was experimented and in the process SDO Office and the quarters of Purbung sub-division were lighted up. Seeing the glow, villagers have the enthusiasm to have it in their respective households. Since the Bongshat rivulet is not capable of generating more power to meet the needs of the villagers, the elderly villager has decided to use larger dynamo. He said the power can also be generated from bigger source of water like the Phaiva Lake. Thangchunghnung said his invention will enable uninterrupted power supply to the whole village as the river water is flowing throughout the year and would be more beneficial for school going children.

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