Mandalay says it lit up more than 2000 villages since 2016

Oct 09, 2019

Naypyitaw (Myanmar) Oct 09: Mandalay Region has lit up more than 2000 villages since 2016, said U Zarni Aung, regional minister for Electricity, Energy and Construction.
U Zarni Aung said that when the government took office in Mandalay three-and-a-half years ago, only 1823 of the region's 4799 villages had electricity, but now over 80 percent of the region's villages have power.
"We were able to light up 2035 villages since 2016, so now 3858 villages have access to electricity," he said.
He added that 11 townships are now fully electrified, up from six when the National League for Democracy took power.
U Wine Chit Aung, a member of the Budget and Finance Committee of the regional parliament, said the government has increased its spending on electrification of villages as well as on building rural roads.
In fiscal year 2018-2019, the region allocated more than K12.8 billion (US$8.35 million) for rural electrification, he said.
U Kyaw Oo, an MP for Aung Myay Tharzan constituency 2, alleged that the regional energy sector suffered losses during the previous government due to mismanagement and the purchase of low quality equipment.
He said Mandalay hopes to electrify all villages in the region by 2023.
Source: Myanmar Times

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