Imphal: Manipur Power Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the construction of 33\11 KV sub-stations at Tusom, Chingai, Somdal, Kachai and Sinakeithei at the football ground of Sinakeithei village in Ukhrul District. The foundation stone laying ceremony was held virtually from Sinakeithei Football Ground.

The programme is part of the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and was organized by Manipur State Power Company Limited (MSPCL).

The minister also inaugurated a government guest house at Sinakeithei constructed by the Public Work Department (PWD).

Addressing the gathering, Singh stated that the government has been successful in bridging the gap between the hill and the valley, and “acknowledging womenhood” in the state.

He highlighted various developmental programmes taken up by the government like ‘Go to Hills, Go to village’ etc., for the welfare of the people.

The minister added that power is key to industrialization and the government is committed to provide uninterrupted and quality power supply to the people in the state. He asserted that it is very important to develop the border areas that is why the government is constructing power sub-stations at Tusom, Somdal and Kachai.

He appreciated the efforts of the officials of both Manipur State Power Company Limited and Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited. The construction of all the five sub-stations will be started by 2022 and the people of Ukhrul district will be able to get quality power supply, he added.

Delivering the key-note address on the occasion, MSPCL managing director N Sarat Singh said it is a historic day for Ukhrul district as five sub-stations are going to be constructed at one time.

The total cost of the project is around Rs 60 crores.

Sarat Singh said various changes are taking place in the last four and half years in the power sector in the state. He added that there is a need to strengthen the collection part and appeal the people to clear their power bills on time.

The purpose of constructing a power sub-station at Tusom is to give reliable supply of electricity to the consumers in Tusom and the surrounding villages like Wahong, Challow, Kongai, Razai Khullen, Razai Khunou, etc.

Chingai sub-station will provide power to the surrounding villages of Kuingai, Challou, Poi, Huishu, Kamasom Phungrei, Kalhang, Khuirei, Marem, Marangphung and Phungcham through a network of 11 KV line ensuring 24×7 power to all.

Somdal Sub-station will supply electricity to consumers in Somdal and the surrounding villages of Phungthar, Maichon, Huining, Tora, Champhung, Tanrui and Ngaimu.

The construction of the new 33\11 KV sub-station power supply at Kachai and its adjoining areas like Hoomi, Theiva, Tingshong, Huime, Washangpung, etc., will be improved with appreciable reduction in the losses.

And the proposed 33\11 KV sub-station at Sinakeithei will be able to overcome the problems faced in supplying electricity to the consumers in Sinakeithei and the surrounding villages of Tingpibung, Dongsun, Leplen, Lhangjol, Mongyang, Pasong, etc.

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