( Narinjara News: 14 September 2014)
Meanwhile, the field measurement is completed for building the aerial electric power transmission arrangement, informed U Hla Thein, chairman of the subcommittee for information department of Arakan state governmnet. He also added that the German engineering team went to the site on September 10.
“They went to Manaung for field measurement and already returned back after finishing the work”, disclosed U Hla Thein.
The power connection to Manaung was a real challenge for Burma authorities as it was almost impossible to distribute wires to the islands from the mainland. Moreover, the electricity from the gas turbine project in Kyouk Phyu was also not accessible by the wire communication.
Meanwhile, Burma President U Thein Sein had visited Germany on September 3 to study the potentiality of aerial electric power. He visited an energy Sufficient Feldheim village in Berlin to learn the project.
The Arakan government confirmed the news about the meeting between Burma President and the responsible officials from energy Sufficient Feldheim village.
The locals of Manaung expressed happiness that the government is taking initiative for the power projects. They had already raised voices for the same through their legislators.
U Tin Shwe, a central committee member of Arakan National Party from the locality however said that he did not received as they have any information about the German team’s visit to Manaung. Of course, he supported the power project for the benefit of the locals.
Presently, the State government and the local cooperative committee for consuming electricity are distributing electricity between 6-30 pm to 11 pm every day. The supply of electricity in the morning is restricted before 5-45 am and after 6-15 am.
The electricity department charges every consumer family 35 Kyats per unit for the first 20 units and then it is increased up to 400 Kyats per unit after 20 units consumption.
The Arakan government is yet to declare the date of commissioning of the power project.