Shan villages will enjoy electricity with German loan

Writer: 
Aung Ye Ko
A power line being linked on the hill of Gwa Township, Rakhine State (Photo-Kyi Naing)

Plans are underway to supply electricity to over 400 villages in Loilin and Linkhey districts in southern Shan State following a 30 million euro loan from the German government, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.

 Power is also being supplied across the nation bolstered by a 4.571 billion yen loan from Japan International Corporation Agency.

According to the National Electricity Master Plan, the ministry aims to supply more electricity to over 5,000 villages with the use of a US$ 310 million loan from the World Bank.

In the first phase, the Yangon Region government committee plans to provide electricity for 75 villages from southern district and 131 villages from northern district, within a two-mile radius of Yangon Region Power System.

Seventy villages from southern district and 123 villages from northern district are expected to be next.

Moreover, Yangon government will be connecting 400-Volt power lines in the villages with the use of village funds or regional funds.

As well, 3,787 villages out of 4,779 in Mandalay Region had enjoyed electricity since October of last year with the supply coming from small-hydro power, diesel, bio-gas, paddy and solar energy systems.

The Yangon government will use its funds to build 146 transformers with the aim of supplying power to 141 villages out of 992.

 In Yangon, power consumption totaled 14,949.07 million units last year due to the booming  industrialized economy.

The electricity ministry also said that 4.03 million households out of over 10 million across the nation enjoyed electricity as of the end of 2016. But 6.86 million households still need to be set up with electricity.

 

Translated by Khin Sett Maw