Ranchi, Aug. 28: Common Service Centres (CSCs) or Pragya Kendras across Jharkhand is all set to receive a new leash of life in the form of solar energy.
Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA), in collaboration with the Union ministry of new and renewable energy, has decided to install solar power plants at panchayat bhavans and block development offices, from where Pragya Kendras are being run.
The work order for this Rs 100-crore project, which is to be completed in one year, has already been issued. In the first phase, 1kw and 2kw solar units will be set up in 3,700 Common Service Centres, where online registrations for birth and death certificates take place.
Most of these kendras do not get proper electricity supply and depend on generators for regular services.
“Solar units will help them meet the demand of electricity during the work hours,” said JREDA project director Uday Kumar Singh.
According to JREDA officials, work for setting up of the units will start within this month.
While 2kw units will come in block offices, the smaller units will be set up in panchayat bhavans.
There are a total of 4,243 panchayats and 260 block development offices, but all of them do not have the common centres.
Thus in the initial phase, JREDA is targeting only those panchayat bhavans and block offices where Pragya Kendras are functioning.
“We have been flooded with complaints from panchayat bhavans and block offices over frequent power disruptions that badly hamper online registrations. Solar power will be sufficient to operate ceiling fans, lights and computers,” Singh added.
This apart, the alternative energy source will also reduce the cost of power to a large extent. “These centres have to pay huge amounts for using generators. The solar units will help cut down on this unnecessary expenditure, beside ensuring smooth functioning of the centres,” the JREDA project director said.
This apart, the project will boost e-governance at the grassroots level. “Slow computer systems and poor electricity supply have been undermining the very objective of Pragya Kendras. This project will prove a major fillip for the online services,” he added.