"belly button" electrified in Taklimakan Desert
Xinhua News Agency, Urumqi, November 14 (Reporter du Gang and Bai Jiali) on the afternoon of the 13th, the Dariya Buyi Township, Yutian County, Xinjiang, known as the "belly button" of the Taklimakan Desert, was finally connected to a stable large power grid. An 85-kilometer-long wire narrows the distance between the deep poverty-stricken village at the national level and modern society.
In the past, from Yutian County on the southern edge of the Taklimakan Desert, north along the banks of the Creek River, through Populus euphratica and red willows, and over continuous sand dunes, in order to enter the isolated island known as the "desert belly button"-Dariabuyi Township. There are only more than 360 households and more than 1300 people here. With a distance of more than 240 kilometers, off-road vehicles take more than seven hours to walk.
In 2017, the local relocation project to help the poor changed the lives of herdsmen. Over the past two years, poor households with local cards have been relocated to new settlements, where there are roads. Red willow branches or reeds simply pricked up, coated with thin mud walls of the "barn house" was replaced by strong rich people living room, people drank tap water. But stable electricity is still people's hope.
In order to enhance the living power consumption of herdsmen and meet the electricity demand of kindergartens, health centers, schools and other facilities, the national network Hotan Power supply Company implemented the Dariabuyi 35kV power transmission and transformation project in August this year. The total investment of the project is more than 2720 million yuan, the new 35kV line is 85.25km, and three 0.5 MVA transformers are installed.
Abdulla Saidi, a villager, said that in the past, when he opened a shop, the fruits and vegetables he bought from the county seat were often damaged. Although the photovoltaic panels issued by the government in 2002 can enable refrigerators to operate, when they encounter bad weather such as sand and dust, large appliances such as refrigerators cannot be used properly. "everyone is looking forward to stable electricity, and big appliances dare to use them safely."
Jia Cunpeng, secretary of the party committee of Dariabuyi Township, said: after the electricity is turned on, villagers can drink tap water with a stable supply every day, watch TV and surf the Internet at any time, and children can also study in spacious and bright multimedia classrooms.
According to reports, in the decisive year of getting rid of poverty, Xinjiang invested 600 million yuan to implement the photovoltaic power supply village power grid extension project, including Dariabuyi Township, benefiting more than 5800 farmers and herdsmen in remote areas.