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Island awaits solar power after dusk

Calcutta, Nov. 27: The tip of Bengal, an island on the Bay that houses some 700 families, would be solar powered from January.

Large parts of G-plot in South 24-Parganas will no longer have to depend on kerosene lamps and diesel generators after sunset. The 100 sq km island, 140 km from Calcutta, will see lights at home and on the roads and water supply with solar energy.

Work is on the fast lane and like the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency, which is in charge of the project, about 3,500 villagers of Indrapur, Sitarampur and Bura Burir Tat are hopeful that the first light will be switched on in January.

Money from the Centre, the agency and CPM MP Deepankar Mukherjee’s local area development funds is being used for the project. Villagers provided three bighas free for the power plant.

Director of the agency S.P. Ganchowdhury said the villagers will get power for six hours at night and will be able to pump underground water for two hours daily. “We have also planned a cold storage,” he said.

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