Powerless Thoubal villagers live on candle, kerosene

KAKCHING, 21st Dec: Even if the BJP government had claimed electrification of every village in the country with the last village being in the state, a small village in Thoubal district’s Wangjing-Tentha assembly constituency is still living on the light of candle and kerosene lamps sans electricity.
Located at a distance of about half kilometre from Langathel Keithel, which is about 2 km from Khongjom Keithel, Hangoipat Leikai is a small village at the foothill. Since the settlement began some 40 years ago, the village has not seen electricity there. Deprived of one of the most important basic amenities of modern life, the villagers are using candles and kerosene lamps to light up their homes after dusk. Students in the village have no other option but to study without electric light. Moreover, the road in the village is in its worst condition, which makes it almost impossible to pass through during rainy season. Rita, a villager, said that the village began its first settlement with around 30 households some 40 years ago. So far, electricity has been a distant dream for the villagers, she said, while echoing the demand of the villagers for electrification of the village.

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