CHANDIGARH, July 17: The Punjab government
today said it will install LED streetlights, which run on solar energy, in
rural areas of the state.
While launching the 'Solar Pind' campaign here, New and Renewable Energy
Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said under this initiative, villages in the districts
along the international border and the villages in the sub mountainous area
would be covered on priority.
"In addition, 100 such villages which were bestowed with the presence of
our gurus, saints, fakirs, martyrs and having historical or religious
importance will also be covered on priority. The allocation will be done in a
phased manner on first cum first serve basis," he said.
Majithia said installing these street lights would provide a sense of security
to the villagers and safety to those returning late in the evening.
"Moreover, these lights would also come as an aid to the security forces
deployed along the International Border to keep a check on the anti-national
elements. Since these lights are standalone, these will continue to work even in
the midst of a grid failure," he said.
"Harnessing the vast potential of the solar power along with a suitable
technology is the key to protecting our planet. Punjab's initiative to use
clean and green energy will go a long way to make the world a better
place," said Majithia.
After installation, the responsibility for the security of the lights will be
of the village panchayat, he said.