BSF provides solar lanterns to remote Tripura villagers

Agartala, Feb 14 : The Border Security Force (BSF) has distributed solar lanterns at New Jagdish Chandra Para in Gandacherra in Dhalai district in Tripura to popularise the use of non-conventional energy sources.
BSF officials here today said the lanterns were distributed among the villagers yesterday."

”We have distributed the solar lantern among the villagers as they cannot afford to pay the minimum rent for availing electricity,” the officials added.

Besides, healthcare and other civic action programme were launched in the bordering areas of Tripura, officials said adding a campaign to promote conservation of water and natural resources was also initiated.
Recently, the Tripura government announced to bring three towns of the state under solar electrification in a phased manner and a proposal of Rs 10 Crore for a ‘solar city’ had been sent to Ministry of Non-conventional and Renewable Energy.

Speaking on the occasion, Tripura Science and Technology Minister Joygobinda Debroy said,”The Centre has decided to bring 60 selected cities, including three - Agartala, Udaipur and Sonamura- in Tripura under solar electrification.” He added that the success of rural electrification in Tripura had encouraged the ministry to select the state in this regard and hoped that the project would be launched in next fiscal.

Mr Debroy said altogether 518 habitations had already been brought under solar electrification, including 488 of remote hamlets, where access to conventional sources of energy had not been yet possible.

Moreover, 6,103 families of 30 such villages were provided free access to power under central govt’s project.