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Century old Mnp village still without electricity

Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 1 | Publish Date: 2/1/2020 12:18:50 PM IST

In direct contradiction to Modi government’s claim of 100% village electrification, a century old village in the interior hill district of Churachandpur is still languishing without electricity.

On April 29, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself claimed about electrification of every single village of India after it was announced that Leisang, a village in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district, was purportedly the last village in the country to be electrified.

The credibility of Modi’s claim became questionable when media started exposing more villages, not only in Manipur, but also in other states, which were yet to be electrified.

Villagers of Phoibi, a village in Manipur’s Churachandpur district, are still living in the dark.The village is in Henglep sub-division of Churachandpur district. 

The village is located around 58km from the district headquarters.

According to the villagers, the village has been in existence for the last around 100 years and all these years they have heard about electric but lighting their house with electric bulb was still a distant dream.

A villager said that a few years ago solar lamps were installed in the village by a government agency, but those were now non-functional. 

At night, the villagers used to light their home with kerosene lantern and pine stick (when kerosene is not available). To procure kerosene is also a big struggle for the villagers in the absence of all-season road. The road communication is in such a poor condition that the road can be used only during dry season. The villagers have to track on foot for a day or two to reach the nearest main road which is about 50km from the village.

Besides, the village is also facing water problem. The villagers have to track about 2km to fetch water from the nearest stream.

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