The electricity has lighted up villages and hamlets, bringing joy and hope for a more prosperous and happier life to local people.

Electricity comes to villages

Bringing light to each village in Dien Bien province is a hard journey of the power sector. Dien Bien is a mountainous province with a complicated terrain and difficult transport conditions. The population is scattered, almost all households live on hillsides apart from each other. However, with the great efforts of the power sector, particularly the Vietnam Electricity Northern Power Corporation (EVNNPC), people in remote villages in Dien Bien now has access to national power grid.

Light comes to mountainous areas in Dien Bien. (Photo for illustration)

After 40 years of living under light from fire and oil lamps, at the end of 2023, electricity came to Pa Chuong - Pa Den village, Na Son commune, Dien Bien Dong district. The village patriarch, Tong Van Chum, shared that, since the arrival of electricity, the life of people in the village has turned into a new page. Currently, nearly 50 households can listen to radio, watch television, and use rice cookers. Children can study under electric light.

Similarly, 81 families in Tong So and Ao Ca villages in Pu Hong commune, Dien Bien Dong district drank the cup of joy as the electricity came to villages. Thanks to the electricity, locals could develop economy to escape from poverty.

According to Mua A Vang, Secretary of the Dien Bien Dong district Party Committee, the district are gradually implementing the target, that is all villages get access to national power grid and more than 95 percent of households are connected to electricity by the end of 2025. This year, thanks to the source of capital from the national target programs on new rural development and sustainable poverty reduction and support from other localities, Dien Bien Dong has been implementing dozens of projects to bring electricity to villages.

Efforts made to remove no-electricity villages

With efforts of localities and the power sector, the number of villages and households in Dien Bien having electricity has increased over the time. However, up to now, there remain many villages without national power grid in the whole province. They are villages with extremely difficult conditions.

According to Tran Duc Dung, Director of Dien Bien Electricity Company, the company has been assigned to coordinate with the provincial People’s Committee, Department of Industry and Trade, and districts in the locality to build a plan to provide electricity for 2,357 households in extremely difficult and important areas. To date, many projects have been carried out.

The company, together with local authorities and departments, and social organizations, has exerted great efforts to bring electricity to remote villages, contributing to raising people’s living standards and promoting economic development. This is also a testament to the close care and due attention of the Party, the State, and the power industry for ethnic minorities in difficult areas.

Translated by Quynh Oanh