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Thazhathotty residents all smiles as Kerala State Electricity Board lights up their dreams

The move followed last week’s Express report, which brought to light the plight of the residents. And at 6pm, when lights were turned on, they were all seen smiling. Brightly.

Published: 01st March 2019 03:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st March 2019 03:34 AM   |  A+A-

Athira, a Class VI student from Thazhathotty, is all joy as she no longer has to rely on kerosene lamps to read and write  | Shiyami

Athira, a Class VI student from Thazhathotty, is all joy as she no longer has to rely on kerosene lamps to read and write | Shiyami

Express News Service

IDUKKI:  All these years, the villagers of Thazhathotty used to get out of their houses past dusk and look at the little dots of light on the mountains, partly in wonder and partly in frustration, pondering when would they be able to make the switch from kerosene lamps to electric bulbs. On Thursday, men from the nearest KSEB divisional office at Kaliyar reached the village and made it a reality. The move followed last week’s Express report, which brought to light the plight of the residents. And at 6pm, when lights were turned on, they were all seen smiling. Brightly.

Poles were laid one-and-half years ago and the low-income families of Thazhathotty — tucked 400 metres away in the Thommankuthu forest range — had almost given up hope as they had seen governments since Independence turning a blind eye to their request. The Forest Department could not grant permission as rules did not permit laying overhead lines.

They agreed to lay underground cables four months ago, thus clearing the way for electrification, still the residents had to wait for four months. “Our hardship is now over,” said resident Jomon George, 31.“We’re happy to have done it for the residents,” said KSEB Kaliyar division Assistant Engineer Sathish Kumar.

A grab of the Express article on Feb 13 
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