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Jun 03, 2013 at 08:51am IST

Manipur: CM looks to export power even as Imphal gets just 5 hrs electricity per day

Imphal: Right To Information Activist Kumar Satyajit is on a mission. His only focus is to find answers to the acute electricity problems that stares Manipur on the face. Imphal is perhaps the only Indian city that doesn't get electricity for more than five hours a day.

At a stretch, electricity supply doesn't exist for more than two hours in a 24 hour cycle. People are forced to buy inverters and Chinese lamps for a single source of light.

"The remaining 18 hours we don't get any power supply. Because of that the youth is hopeless," Satyajit says.

The state government's knee-jerk solution in introducing a pre-paid power supply hasn't helped much. The state is still reeling under a power shortage of 180 MW in winter and 110 MW in the summer.

Satyajit says, "Poor people are not able to put prepaid in their residence. It is only for the rich."

Numerous RTI applications have questioned the electricity connections for VIPs and the false promise of the Loktak Hydel Power Project. But the agony continues for the residents.

Rajen Thanga of the Loktak Fishermen Union, says, "They took water, promised 10 MW. We get little more than 12 MW in Manipur."

So at the end of this, it is solar power that comes to the rescue. Students are forced to study under solar lights. Rashmita, a student at Nirmalabas High School, says, "My father bought me a solar lamp for studying. So we get a lot of problems."

The night bazaar, unlike anywhere in India survives on cheap Chinese LED lights.

As Manipur's Chief Minister promises to export power to Myanmar, in his backyard, the situation remains the worst.