Burma is currently implementing a 15-year World Bank plan to bring electricity to more than seven million households by 2030.
Generators are expensive. Pact says one hour of diesel power in rural Burma costs roughly the same as 24 hours of power in Rangoon.
The World Bank has approved a US $400 million interest-free credit to support the Burmese government’s expansion of the national electricity grid.
Residents in Arakan State capital Sittwe this week began enjoying the benefits of a 24-hour supply of electricity.
Residents of Chin State capital Hakha can now enjoy 24-hour electricity since the town was connected to the national grid at the beginning of July.
The towns of Taungup and Sandoway were previously scheduled to light up in May under the government scheme but work-related delays pushed the project back a month.