Seventy-four years after India’s independence, villages located near the Line of Actual Control along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu & Kashmir are getting 24-hour power supply for the first time. Keran and Machil sector of Kupwara district have got electricity for the first time in 74 years of independence, while areas that are difficult to reach will have to wait a little more.

“Keran got electricity around Independence Day and now in the second phase electricity has reached Machil villages also. Soon, we would be providing electricity to remaining difficult areas too,” Principal Secretary, Power- J&K, Rohit Kansal told NDTV.

Kansal was quick to add that the electricity will reach all the border areas by 2021.

As many as 20 villages of Machil sector, where power grids have been set up, used to get electricity through diesel generator until now.

“We have kick-started by providing electricity to nine villages but in the next 20 days all remaining villages would also be getting electricity 24×7 via grid,” Kupwara District Collector Anshul Garg told NDTV.

According to Garg, as many as 25,000 people will benefit from these power grids in Machil sector.