Saturday, August 13, 2022

Nagaland: ‘Bijli Mahotsav’ underway in Dimapur, Mokokchung

Staff Reporter/DIPR

Bijli Mahotsav got underway in Chümoukedima and Mokokchung districts on Monday, as part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. The Bijli Mahotsavs are being celebrated all over the country to highlight the key achievements of the power sector. The Mahotsavs as celebrated under the umbrella “Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya – Power @2047” for more public participation and getting across the developments in the power sector to the citizens at large.
During the programme at Sovima Village Council (SVC) hall, Chümoukedima, special guest, Azheto Zhimomi, MLA urged upon the Nagas to judiciously use power supply and stressed on the need to pay electricity bills on time. Lamenting that the Power department was always in deficit under the state government, he asked the gathering to pay for what they have used and appealed not to steal energy.
Requesting the department not to neglect rural areas, Azheto also urged upon the officers to work for the well-being and benefit of the people. On the importance of village councils, he regarded SVC under the leadership of its chairman, Sebastian Zumvü as one of the most hardworking village councils in the state.
Asserting that the village council has been working tirelessly for development and peaceful coexistence among the villagers, he also dwelt on the tag given by chief minister, Neiphiu Rio for Chümoukedima, as “land of opportunities”.
In this regard, Azheto appealed to the villagers to come together and reside peacefully, irrespective of tribes or clans.
Delivering keynote address, manager (Civil), North East Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO), Er. Zachamo Ovung informed that Bijli Mahotsav would be celebrated from July 25-30 across the country in 670 districts and informed that all the 16 districts in the state would organise two celebrations each.
Highlighting the achievements of government of India with regard to power supply and generation, he informed that in the village areas, an average of only 12 hours of power supply was received before 2015.
Zachamo informed that currently, 22.5 hours of power supply was received per day. He noted that India now had power surplus and was “ready to provide power supply to neighbouring countries.” He said 40% of power usage across the country came from renewable energy and this way, he said India was ranked fourth in terms of countries generating power through renewable energy.
Zachamo added that 43% power demand in North East was supplied by NEEPCO and that it would be able to cater 100% power demand throughout North East in few years’ time.
The programme was chaired by Simon Rio and invocation was offered by pastor, CRC Sovima, Zhau Sanchu. Short speeches were also delivered by ADC Chümoukedima, Dr Khuzo and beneficiary testimony by Thepfukeduo Kuotsu and Lhouvi Punyü while vote of thanks was proposed by SVC chairman, Sebastian Zumvü.
Highlights of the programme included film presentation on Universal Household Electrification (REF), Village Electrification (REC), Distribution System Strengthening (PFC), Capacity Addition (NPTC), One Nation One Grid (PGCIL) and Renewable Energy (PFC), while a drama by Ethnic Performing Arts and cultural presentation by Sovima Village Cultural Troop.
Mokokchung: Mokokchung district administration and department of Power organised “Bijli Mahotsav” at Alichen community hall, Mokokchung.
According to a DIPR report, special guest, SDO (Civil), Mokokchung, Longdiba L Sangtam said the department of power was trying its best to provide sufficient power supply to the people with minimal charges.
He, therefore said, as concerned public, the best way to reciprocate towards the department was to make use of the power more judiciously.
During the programme, a cultural item was presented by Alichen Students Union and a short film on the power sector was screened.
The programme was chaired by SDO (Electrical), Er. Achanger Aier and addressed by Er. Bendang, NEEPCO Limited, district nodal officer, L. Tia, pastor Alichen Baptist Church.

Officers of DoPN, district administration and participants in Mokokchung. (DIPR)

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