Source: News Bharati English11 Apr 2016 14:20:11

Imphal, April 11: In wake of helping the neighbouring nations, India took a major step to provide electricity to the needy towns of Myanmar. The commercial towns near the international border of Myanmar namely Namphalong and Tamu had no power supply since all these years. These towns have traditionally been conduits for consumer items from China and other South and Southeast Asian countries. However, these commercial towns in Myanmar have undergone a sea change following commencement of power supply by India.  Taking into consideration all these factors, the Manipur government from Friday started supplying 3MW of power up to Tamu, just across the border from Moreh. A Manipur government official told media agencies that power supply will remain uninterrupted during night. However, there is heavy demand for power during the day time also as it is a hot region, news agency EPao reported.

An official said the power is being supplied in accordance with the commitment made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Myanmar.  Manipur's border town Moreh in Chandel district has so far been without reliable power supply.  According to media sources, Moreh, Tamu and Namphalong markets display a high range of solar lamps and power generators. Residents of the north-eastern region, who have to contend with dark nights, buy these items like hot cakes.

 Also, people from Manipur had to trek the mountain bridle path and wade through a river during the lean season to reach Tamu since there was no road or bridge. However, a few years ago, it was transformed into a modern marketing complex the like of which is seen in advanced countries. But it had so far been without power supply.

It has been reported that Manipur, itself has been facing power shortage with the only source of power being the NHPC-run Loktak hydroelectric project which generates about 65 MW although the full capacity is 105 MW. Out of that, Manipur gets a negligible share of power since other north-eastern states to have to be given a due share. Accordingly, Manipur has been buying power from various sources to meet its own requirements.

A local teenaged Mary Chang runs a family shop at Namphalong and she said that one of the items the shop stocks is bottled foreign made liquor and beer in cans. She depends on power generators for chilling beer cans and other edible items. "Now that there is assured power supply, it will be convenient to run the business as I am told that I will get a power connection," Mary Said.