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Only 30% of Myanmar has access to electricity, says minister
Publication Date : 01-10-2013
Myanmar currently provides electricity to 30 per cent of the population according to the Minister Electric Power, Khin Maung Soe.
"Only 30 per cent of the population now has access to power. To supply 50 per cent, power lines will have to be constructed. The whole of Rakhine State will enjoy electricity at the end of 2014," said the minister.
Power lines are being constructed in Chin State and electricity will be supplied through the national grid by the end of 2014. The power lines have been completed in Kachin State and it will also be supplied electricity, added the minister.
In Mon State, power lines are being set up from Mawlamyine to Ye. In the coming year, they will be extended to Dawei. In Shan State, the whole Inn region has access to power, but many villages are still not connected.
Most of Naga region is still in the dark and the government says it is planning to build three small-scale hydropower plants next year.
The government has also promised to provide 70 per cent of Kayah State with electricity where Lawpita Hydropower Plant is situated by the end of 2014.