Bengal to Flaunt its First Solar Powered Village

Bengal to Flaunt its First Solar Powered Village


It’s a festivity time for the general population of Pandri, as the town in the Purulia district of West Bengal surviving with zero-power probability gets a ray of light to their houses.

The town has been recently introduced with first solar controlled power plant which brings up a further recognition of being the first in the nation to advance as a decentralized solar based power town.

Like the majority of rustic India, Pandri town, situated at the foot of Ayodhya slopes, dependably sat tight for its offer of power supply. The establishment has come as an aid to more than 80 family units, who were prior vigorously depended on firewoods.

“Lamp fuel (kerosene) is sold at Rs.40 per ltr in the market. Now the money will be saved, thanks to the solar lamps. We are really grateful to the solar aid,” said Kasinath Mahata, one of the villagers.

Conveyed by the Art of Living, a non-benefit association in Bengal, under the Sri Sri Rural Development Program Trust (SSRDPT), the eco-accommodating gadget has more than 72 solar panels covering a region of roughly 2,000 square feet and drawing power from the 1.2 kilo watt solar power grid constructed in the area.

Cooking has gotten to be simpler without worrying about the fuel with the establishment of a solar powered rice hulling machine.

“We have likewise introduced a solar powered rice hauling machine, which the villagers can break the crude grains to make rice,” Pallab Halder said.

In the interim, the solar panels won’t just decrease the day by day issues of the villagers yet will likewise minimize ecological risks. The eco-accommodating measure is seen as a move to end deforestation and simultaneously cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.

“With the solar lamps, it has become easier for us to cook. Our children can wake up at 3 in the morning and study. Also, there is greater availability of drinking water due to the solar pump at the dam,” said Gulachi Rajwar, a housewife.

Villagers are required to pay Rs 100 as monthly revenue to ensure its proper maintenance for the solar panels. Self-help groups have been formed to manage the solar lighting, water pump and the rice hulling machine.

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