By Our Correspondent,Sindhupalchowk, Dec. 10: Gumba, Kyangsing, Ambakhark, a very remote village of Jugal Rural Municipality-3, have been electrified for the first time, known as Karnali of Sindhupalchowk.
There is no limit to the joy of the local people after those villages got electricity for the first time.
Deepak Sapkota, chief of Nepal Electricity Authority Sindhupalchowk Distribution Centre, Lamosanghu said that 200 houses in Gumba, 45 houses in Kyangsing and 10 houses in Ambakhark got electrified for the first time.
81-year-old Grime Tamang, who was able to turn on the electricity in his village in his own time, expressed his happiness over the fact that darkness has now been replaced by light.
After being able to use electricity, more than 100 locals like Tamang are happy. Four years ago, the NEA had allocated a budget of Rs. 6.37 million for electrification in Gumba, Kyangsing, Ambakhark.
Four years ago, the work for the installation of poles and extension of wires was going on in that village. In the past years, when there was no electricity, the residents of that village depended on solar lights and oil lamps.
According to NEA's Distribution Centre, Lamosanghu of Sindhupalchowk, a tender of Rs. 35.3 million has been allocated from the NEA in the fiscal year 2022/23 for the expansion of electricity to the villages of Tembathang, Deepu and Tega village, which are still far away from the villages that have electricity.
The centre said that the work will be completed before the coming rainy season and electricity will be extended in Tembathang, Deepu and Tega.
Now the Bramhayani and Upper Bramhayani hydropower projects have opened the road track in that village.
Sapkota said that the Authority is burying poles and pulling wire on the road track of Ambakhark village.
The Tembathang, Deepu and Tega villages are the most remote villages of Sindhupalchowk. The people of these villages are away from the mainstream and lag in infrastructures of development such as education, health, drinking water and roads.
Now there are only a few villages in Sindhupalchowk without electricity.
Sapkota said that the work of supplying electricity to those villages is going on at a fast pace.
He said that the work of fully controlling the electricity leakage and covering the bare wires is going on rapidly.
According to him, the remaining arrears are around Rs. 30 million, the NEA has initiated collecting the arrears and cutting electricity lines of those customers who did not pay the tariff in time.