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Solar power for urban poor in Kolkata

Source: PTI
September 06, 2012 12:10 IST
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Solar powerSome 100 odd poor familes living in an area of north Kolkata would possibly be the first in West Bengal to get solar home lighting systems with the help of three non-government organisations.

"We have decided to light up homes of 100 poor families living without electricty in Bagbazar area in north Kolkata with solar photovoltic home lighting modules to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, D Ashis General Secretary

of Medical Bank, one of the ngos, told PTI.

"We have seen that children from these homes have passed school studying under street lights," Ashis said.

The project would cost Rs 315,000 of which the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency would bear 30 per cent subsidy and the remaining would be funded by Tech Mahindra.

The solar lights would be provided in two phases before the pujas.

The project is being conceptualised and implemented by Medical Bank, and two other ngod Ichhe Dana and Amar Adhikar.

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