Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lighting up villages

Bear with me for this self-flagellation! But could not resist sharing this story from APEPDCL's rural electrification program,
"It is in her 17th year that she has finally been able to see a glowing incandescent bulb in her house."

How was this achieved?
"But light did not come so easily to the tribal folk — getting the power lines to their hamlets was a story of much struggle. They came forward on their own to help the power utility staff erect poles and pull cables over them to their habitations. They trekked long distances, poles on shoulders. What kept them going was the prospect of light filling their homes and lives. Transporting the poles was simply beyond the power utility staff since the connecting roads — if they can be called that — are barely motorable."
See also this gallery.

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