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Meghalaya village seeks power from Bangladesh

Fed up with frequent power outage, residents of a Meghalaya border village have sought electricity from adjoining Bangladesh.

The local youth association of Umkiang village in East Jaintia Hills district convened a meeting of the villagers where they decided to seek a no-objection certificate from the State government for requesting Bangladesh to supply power.

“If the Meghalaya government cannot provide us proper service, it would be in the interest of the local people to give us the go-ahead for subscribing to power from Bangladesh. We might as well pay the entity, irrespective of country, that ensures an adequate supply,” association’s spokesperson Kynjaimon Amse said.

Umkiang, Mr. Amse said, was not the only affected village. “The situation is similar with neighbouring villages such as Kuliang, Pyrtakuna and Ratacherra. The monthly electricity charge is more than ₹650 for every household but we hardly get five hours of supply per day,” he added.

E.W. Nongrum, chairman-cum-managing director of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited, did not respond to calls or messages. The East Jaintia Hills district officials said they were not sure how to deal with such a request if the villagers submit a formal one.


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