Ambedkar villages yet to light up with solar power
Binay Singh, TNN, Feb 1, 2011, 10.58am IST
VARANASI: While chief minister Mayawati is likely to begin inspection
of development works in various districts in the first week of
February, not a single unit of LED (light-emitting diode) system
powered by solar energy has been installed so far in any of the
Ambedkar villages in Varanasi and Chandauli districts.
The New and renewable Energy Development Agency (NEDA) has been given
the task to install 77 units of solar powered LED street lamps in 14
selected Ambedkar villages of Varanasi and 43 units in seven villages
of Chandauli district. The reason for the delay in installing the
solar powered street light units, as pointed out by the NEDA
officials, is mainly due to the delay in supply of the LED systems.
"We expect that the LED units would be supplied in the next few days
and we would installed them immediately at the selected villages,"
Rajmani Pandey, senior NEDA official at Varanasi, told TOI on Monday.
Efforts were being made to install the LED units in Ambedkar villages
before the inspection visit of the chief minister, confided NEDA
sources and informed the work would be completed as per the schedule
of the chief minister. The LED solar street light would be installed
at SC/ST-dominated clusters of Ambedkar villages identified in 1995-96
and 1997-98. According to NEDA records, in Varanasi district, the
streets of 14 such SC clusters would be electrified with solar energy
in different development blocks including Chiraigaon (4), Harahua (4),
Araziline (1), Cholapur (3), Baragaon (1) and Sevapuri (1). Similarly
in Chandauli district, seven villages in Barhani (2), Chandauli (2)
Chahania (1), Shahabganj (1) and Naugarh (1) blocks will be covered
under this project. The work in these villages should be completed in
the current financial year. The NEDA officials are hopeful that the
work will be completed in the stipulated time.
However, the solar energy is already being utilised in various
government and private establishments in the district. According to
NEDA authorities, solar energy is being utilised for heating about
40,000 litres of water per day at different places in the district.
The solar water heating systems have been installed on the campus of
the Banaras Hindu University ( BHU), Ramakrishna Mission and many
hospitals in the city. Besides, solar street light facility is
available in remote Maoist-affected areas of Chandauli district.
Around 200 households in four villages of Ramchandipur, Gobaraha,
Rampur Dhab and Mokalpur have been electrified with solar energy.
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