Four police stations in Bokaro, part of the 75 across Jharkhand that were cherry-picked by the Centre for solar power plants on premises, will be capable of generating 50MW each by the year-end.
Fully funded by the Centre, the Rs 5-crore project for Jharkhand police stations aims at giving thanas in remote and rebel-hit zones respite from frequent blackouts, enabling them to secure their property and tackle the Naxalite menace effectively.
These solar plants of 50KW each are being set up by Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA), under the administrative control of the department of energy, state government, to promote use of renewable energy sources.
Work has started in the Bokaros quartet. The four comprise Mahuatand in Gomia block; Kasmar, which is a Jharkhand-Bengal border police station touching Purulia district; Nawadih, which is known as one of the most vulnerable rebel zones as it is near Giridih, Parasnath hillocks and Dumri; and Siyaljori, hardly 10km from the Bengal border.
Once police stations start generating solar power, policemen will be able to guard their own arms, ammunition and assets. They will also help nearby villagers, Bokaro SP Kuldip Dwivedi said.
So far, most police stations get power from generators. If not, candlelit thanas or those lit up by lanterns are a common sight in Bokaros hinterland. These plants will supply continuous power.