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UP - Ambedkar villages yet to light up with solar power

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UPWhile 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 media.

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.

Source- Times of India


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