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Tibetan homes plug into power grid

07-15-2011 19:20 BJT Special Report:This is Tibet |

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For years, Tibet's high altitude and rugged mountain terrain has made it difficult to connect the region with electricity. But now, people are no longer being left in the dark due to the construction of a new power grid.

Located near China's border with India nearly 500 kilometers west of Lhasa, Gongguo Village has lingered in the dark for many years.

But now locals are taking advantage of electricity by enjoying new creature comforts.

Dargy, Local Resident of Gongguo Village, Tibet Aut. Region, said, "I carried our television up from the foot of the mountain a couple of days ago. I plan to buy a refrigerator and a washing machine next."

Building the power grid was no easy task.

The village lies 6-thousand above sea level, with no road connecting it to the outside world. Workers painstakingly transported a one ton electricity tower up to the mountain village.

After laying down the cables, workers then connected homes with electricity.

Locals have enthusiastically made the switch to a more modern way of life.

The State Grid company is gradually achieving its goal to provide all Tibetan homes with electricity. By the end of last year, 92 percent of Tibetan homes were connected with power.



Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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