Bhopal: Street lights of villages to be powered by solar energy

Bhopal: Street lights of villages to be powered by solar energy

Under Jal Jeevan Mission, there is a target of providing one crore domestic water connections in rural areas

Staff ReporterUpdated: Tuesday, November 08, 2022, 11:45 PM IST
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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): To make villages of Madhya Pradesh self dependent in terms of electricity supply through solar energy, “Surya Shakti Abhiyan” has been started. Madhya Pradesh has become the first state in the country to start such a unique campaign, as per officials.

This is also one major step to realize the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the country self dependent in the solar energy sector. Solar energy can be used in street lights, “Nal Jal” supply, offices and other works of villages.

Under Jal Jeevan Mission, there is a target of providing one crore domestic water connections in rural areas. This target was merely 15 lakh two years back. With this, the expenditure on electricity in Gram Panchayats, which was around Rs 450 crore, is likely to increase till Rs 2000 crore.

Through solar energy, the future expenditure of around Rs 2000 crore on electricity bill in Gram Panchayats can be reduced and this sum can be used in other development works of Gram Panchayats. Along with this, Gram Panchayats will also get the benefit of carbon credit.

This campaign will prove helpful in increasing the income of Gram Panchayats. In the first phase, 714 Gram Panchayats, having more than 5000 population,  all villages having weekly markets and all district and janpad offices are being included under “Surya Shakti” Campaign. Apart from these panchayats, other panchayats can be also connected with the campaign.

The Detail Project Report (DPR) of the campaign was prepared after initial study of one each development block of Khargone and Khandwa respectively.  In this financial year, a number of panchayats will be connected with the campaign.   Through the installation of solar plants in panchayats, electricity supply could be ensured. 

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