Bhadra Gogoi

DIMAPUR, Feb 19: Shinnyu, a remote village in Mon district of Nagaland bordering Myanmar, got access to electricity for the first time with the district administration and the Global Himalayan Expedition electrifying the village with solar power.

“We are happy to inform that the Mon district administration, in collaboration with Global Himalayan Expedition, has been able to electrify the village in the remotest part of Mon district,” said Mon Deputy Commissioner Thavaseelan K.

Altogether 60 households, a church and a community hall of the village have been electrified using solar power at a cost of Rs 23 lakh. The project was financed under corporate social responsibility and executed by the Global Himalayan Expedition.

The Global Himalayan Expedition works towards providing clean energy access through solar power to remote communities and won the United Nations Global Climate Action Award 2020.

Thavaseelan expressed his gratitude to the Global Himalayan Expedition for taking up the project.

“In the next phase, we are working on electrifying more villages in addition to several health units and schools,” the DC stated.

He also expressed his gratitude to the Adviser to the Department of Under Developed Areas, N Bongkhao Konyak, for his continuous support and guidance. He acknowledged the services of Shinnyu Village Council and the people of Shinnyu village for their “heartwarming” community mobilisation and participation.

There are still 10 villages in the district without electricity.

Thavaseelan had written to the Global Himalayan Expedition to set up solar microgrids in these remote unelectrified villages and help solve the energy access issue.

“Mon district of Nagaland is one of the most backward regions of the State and topographically, the villages are in a hilly region and very difficult to access due to poor road connectivity,” the letter said.

Some of the villages are connected by dirt roads, he stated.

Thavaseelan said the people in these remote villages are facing numerous problems due to lack of proper lighting facilities. Some of these villages have a gridline but at present there is no plan to connect these villages with the central grid due to their remoteness and inaccessibility, he added.