Solar street lighting to cover SC dominated villages

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Chandigarh, Apr 15 (UNI) The installation of Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) Street Lighting Systems in all the villages of Haryana having more than 50 per cent Scheduled Castes population is gradually picking up.

While stating this here today, Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan said Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) had prepared a first of its kind special project for the installation of SPV Street Lighting Systems in the Scheduled Castes dominated villages in three districts of the state--Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar, which was approved by the Union Ministry of Renewable Energy and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Mr Mohan pointed out that under phase-I of this project, the streets of 222 villages which included 10 villages of Panchkula, 81 of Ambala and 93 of Yamunanagar were illuminated by installing 1489 SPV Street Lighting Systems at a cost of more than Rs 3.82 crore during the year 2006-07.

Under the programme, 242 SPV Street Lighting Systems in district Panchkula, 835 systems in Yamunanagar district and 412 systems in Ambala district had been installed.

He informed that under phase-II of the project, four villages of Rohtak district and 8 villages of Jhajjar district having more than 50 per cent of Scheduled Castes population would be provided with as many as 314 SPV Street Lighting Systems at a cost of Rs 80.38 lakh by June 2008.

He said under its third phase, the streets of the villages of Scheduled Castes dominated population in district Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Panipat, Sonipat and Mewat would also be electrified by installing 2000 SPV Street Lighting Systems at a cost of Rs four crore.

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