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Kakmayai village becomes first LED village

THOUBAL | Dec 3: Kakmayai village under Heirok assembly constituency, Thoubal district has become the first village in the State to use LED bulbs, and watch LED TVs in every household.

A social entrepreneurship organisation, Mangal Rural had given all the hard work to distribute LED bulbs and TVs to the villagers and declared that Kakmayai village has become a 100 percent LED village.

The declaration was made in a programme organised by Mangal Rural at the play ground of Eastern Youth Club, Kakmayai after the LED bulbs and TVs were distributed. The occasion was attended by editor in chief, ICTV, Brojendro Ningombam as chief guest, retired MCS, Sagolsem Kameshwar as president, president of Artist Training cum International Research Centre, Imphal, Loitongbam Premkumar, ward member, Mayai Keithel, Ibemton and ward member, Leirongthel Ningel gram panchayat, Ksh. Ichan will attend as guests of honour.

Founder of Mangal Rural, Ningthoujam Surjit said the condition of power availability and connectivity in the state was in a worst shape during the last few 4-5 years. Mangal Rural initiated an effort in 2011 to provide solar lighting to the people to make up the shortages of power, he said. The organisation alone had provided 8000 solar lightings at different areas of Manipur. In the last few years, the first solar village of Northeast India had been built at Atom village, Imphal east, he added.

He further said that there are many places in Manipur where the consumers use high watt bulbs in a large scale and keep them turned on. This is an oversight made by the consumers. Mangal Rural wanted to make the villages turned into LED villages in order to remedy these issues, he said.

From today onwards, Kakmayai village will reduce 40 percent of its power consumption as the villagers will switch from high wattage bulbs and TVS to LED ones. This will help boosting the economy of the state in a massive scale, he added.

Brojendro Ningombam said electricity is one of the basic necessities of life. There are many corners in the State where power connectivity has not reached yet. The inclusion of Kakmayai village in the map of India’s LED villages by the efforts of Mangal Rural is a massive achievement and it is worthy of praise, he said.

It may be mentioned that 400 hundred LED bulbs and 60 TV sets were distributed today. Model LED village, Kakmayai has a total of 110 households out of which 30 already have TVs. Out of those remaining households, 60 were given TV sets on easy instalment. Two bulbs were provided to each household, which amounted to a total of 400 bulbs.

Source: Imphal Free Press



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