Life has changed for the people of Barapitha, a tribal hamlet in the outskirts of Bhubaneshwar, which has become the first Solar Village of Odisha. The solar project has brought a new ray of hope for them. The project was inaugrated on Friday by TK Chand, chairman and MD of Blue Chip Public Sector Company, National Aluminium Co. Ltd. (NALCO). It is a step towards the initiative "DIGITAL INDIA".
The inauguration of the project became successful because of the support of NALCO, ECCO and Jakson. After inaugurating the facility, TK Chand, MD of NALCO said, "The vision behind such an innovative initiative is to enhance the use of non-conventional energy sources in households." He also mentioned on behalf of NALCO that "The company will continue its efforts to promote green technology and support such initiatives."
They also have a vision to expand the project, i.e. each household of the village will have two Solar Home Lighting Systems with the facility to charge mobile phones and other devices.
The residents watched the India-South Africa T20 match held in Dharamshala, uninterrupted on their TV sets, though telecast in the city itself was repeatedly disturbed due to power cuts.
It has become an example for thousands of other villages everywhere, which have been left behind.