IIT Madras will light up 50 villages in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer districts using solar energy. Jodhpur Power Distribution Company MD Arti Dogra said 23 villages of Baap Panchayat Samiti in Jodhpur and 27 villages of Jaisalmer have been chosen for this pilot project. Centre will be providing Rs 10 crore for this project, she said.
About 4000 houses in these villages would be provided electricity under this project using solar energy. The villages could not be provided electricity earlier as there was no power network around them, she added.
According to PTI, the project will comprise installation of a tubelight, a LED, one fan and a battery charger with the solar panel for each household, she said, adding there would also be a provision for installing solar panel in a cluster. “These remote villages could not be provided with electricity as there was no power network around them,” the MD said.
A group of three students of IIT Madras will survey the villages this week, after which the terms and conditions, including the cost of the project, would be laid down, Dogra said.
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