Machil in Jammu and Kashmir will be getting 24-hour electricity for the first time in 74 years since India became an independent nation. The residents of Machil, which is a part of the Kupwara district along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the India-Pakistan border, is now getting its infrastructure ramped up, and has now become the second sector after Keran village to get 24-hour electricity. 

Anshul Garg, the District Magistrate/Development Commissioner of Kupwara, announced the good news on his Twitter page. Prior to the latest development, Machil's residents were receiving electricity for only three hours every day. Mr Garg tweeted, "Grid connected power for Macchil area on #LOC in #AspirationalDistrict #kupwara for first time ever; 2nd milestone in a month after Keran area; New era of development begins for over 25,000 people in 9 Panchayats that received only 3 hour power daily through DG sets". 

The Diesel Generator (DG) sets, which were being used up until now in Machil, going forward are getting replaced with electric power grids. The biggest challenges in making use of DG sets was the availability of diesel including the difficulties faced in its distribution. As of now, power supply is being provided to nine villages, with electricity planned to be supplied to all the remaining villages in the next 20 days, reports state. 

It is estimated that around 25,000 people in the sector will be reaping benefits from the 24-hour electricity. Erecting pillars in the region has been difficult since it is a challenging terrain. This is considered a big step forward from a security point-of-view as Machil is located close to the India-Pakistan border. These latest developments are the government's endeavours to step up the infrastructure along the Line of Control (LoC) region as a means to provide the residents better connectivity and accessibility.