Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today stated that all villages in the state will be electrified within a month.
Out of the about 300 “un-electrified” villages, more than 250 villages have been electrified and the rest would be electrified within this month, Biren stated during the inauguration of 6 Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants (400 kW) held at City Convention, Imphal today.
The six Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants are installed at City Convention Centre (100kW), National Sports Academy (100kW), Inter State Bus Terminus (100kW), Secured Office Complex (25kW), Manipur State Film Development Society (25kW) and Manipur State Kala Academy (50kW).
Biren sought to claim credit for the installation of the solar power plants stating that “in such short period of time” his government was able to inaugurate the six Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants.
While delivering the Presidential address, Minister for Power, PWD, IPR, Biswajit Singh stated that that there would be no shortage of power in the State in the coming years and assured that more solar projects are in the pipeline which would be inaugurated within the month of March.
With a total cost of Rs. 3.21 crores, the project is funded by the Government of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Manipur Government and is being implemented by Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA).
The 400kWp power plants have generated about 80,000 kWh (electrical units) so far. An additional capacity of 215kWp is under installation process with 200 kWp at Khengjang Sub-Station, Churachandpur and 15kWp at Directorate of Handloom and Textiles, Takyelpat.
‘War against drugs a success’
Meanwhile, the Manipur Chief Minister has claimed that the state government’s campaign on ‘War against Drugs’ has been a success so far.
More than 1000 acres of illegal poppy plantation have been destroyed in various parts of the State, Biren informed while also assuring that the government is looking to provide alternative means of livelihood including soft loans to the affected farmers.
With regard to problems of water scarcity in the hill districts, Biren stated that the government will be setting up rain water harvesting schemes in the hill districts. In Tamenglong district, a 50 crore water supply project has already been started, he informed.
Biren also assured that the three Women’s Market being constructed at Ukhrul, Jiribam and Churachandpur would be inaugurated by March 15 while the remaining Women’s Markets in other hill districts would be inaugurated within this month.