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June 24, 2018

Seven towns in Rakhine State get electricity in two years

Electrician works at electrical power station in Rakhine. Photo: MNA
Electrician works at electrical power station in Rakhine. Photo: MNA

According to the Rakhine State Chief Engineer’s (electrical) Office, seven towns in Rakhine Sate got electricity during the incumbent government’s two years of service.
“Ma-Ei was the first town to receive electricity after which Minbya, Gwa, Myebon, Pauktaw, Kamhtaunggyi and Tathtaung towns, a total of seven towns, received electricity within two years,” said the Rakhine State Chief Engineer (electrical).
The government is undertaking construction works to provide electricity to Yathedaung, Buthidaung and Maungtaw in 2018, and the works in Yathedaung are planned to be completed by the end of March.
The Rakhine State Chief Engineer (electrical) said, “We have set 31 March as the target for Yathedaung to get electricity. Once Yathedaung town gets electricity, 17 nearby villages will also get electricity. Electricity will be provided to these 17 villages with the (Union) government fund, while eight additional villages will get electricity supply with the Rakhine State government fund. Thus, a total of 25 villages will be covered.
Electricity to Buthidaung and Maungtaw is targeted to be provided by the end of June and December, respectively. By the end of 2018, all of Maungtaw will have electricity.”
“Kyeintali is still in the dark. Plans are underway to construct a sub-station and power lines to Kyeintali. Later, it will be Manaung (town). Manaung is in the sea (on an island), so we are trying to find ways to provide electricity there. It will be difficult for the national grid to reach Manaung. Right now, we are providing electricity to Manaung with a generator. Again, Kyeintali is close to Gwa. The power line can go down from Thandwe. Kyeintali is already in the pipeline. It is in the five-year programme,” said the chief engineer.
The chief engineer added that within a year or two, Rakhine State would develop rather quickly in the electricity sector. “Seven towns are already getting electricity in two years. Compared with the whole country, this is rather quick. Of the big towns in Rakhine State, only Kyeintali and Manaung remain to be connected,” he said.
As there are more areas with electricity in Rakhine State, there is a requirement for more electrical staff. If the locals can do the job, it will be more convenient, as this job requires 24 hours of duty.
If there is power failure or a blackout, be it day or night, rain or shine, they have to work on it. People from the region should work for the region’s people, said the chief engineer.
In the six-month budget of the 2018-2019 fiscal year (FY), the improvement of power lines in Rakhine State will be taken up, and in the one-year budget of the 2018-2019 FY, the laying of new power lines is being planned. — Kyaw Thu Htat

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