North East

Nagaland village gets first mini-grid

Shillong, Feb 25: The Mon district administration and Mithun Rural Development Foundation (MRDF) inaugurated the first of the three mini-grids at Totokchingha village on Thursday.

The grids were inaugurated by local MLA N. Thongwang Konyak. The two other solar mini grids at Chenwetnyu and Longkei will be inaugurated in March. The two organisations recently signed a 20-year agreement to set up mini-grids in rural Nagaland in January.

Thavaseelan K, deputy commissioner of Mon, said, “The first three grids have been financed by Smart Power India. These are just first of the several mini-grids that are going to be installed in the Mondistrict. This project will make power available 24×7.”

“NABARD is supporting livelihood interventions. It has set up a revolving fund, which is going to be used to support entrepreneurs. Eventually, this fund would grow bigger to support entrepreneurs across the Mon district,” he added.

Vijay Bhaskar, Managing Director, MRDF said, “In the next 3-4 years, we will install mini-grids for all 130 villages in Mon district. This pilot will be eventually scaled across all villages in Nagaland.”

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