July 19, 2016: The Indian state of Punjab is set to light up its village streets with LED lighting. The state government will be setting up LED streetlights, which run on solar energy, in rural areas of Punjab. Under this energy-efficiency scheme, villages in the districts along the international border and the villages in the sub mountainous area will be covered, said New and Renewable Energy Minister, Bikram Singh Majithia, on the launch of the ‘Solar Pind’ campaign in Punjab in July 2016.
Furthermore, Singh said that 100 such villages which were blessed with the presence of our saints, martyrs and having past or sacred importance will also receive LED street lighting. The distribution will be carried out in a phased manner on the basis of first come first serve policy, he added.
Safety to villagers
Installation of the LED street lights will offer a sense of safety to the villagers and protection to those returning late in the evening. In addition, such lights will come as a support to the security forces deployed along the international border. As LED lights are standalone, these will keep on functioning even in the middle of a grid breakdown. After the LED set up, the accountability for the security of the lights will be of the village panchayat.
Harnessing the enormous prospective of the solar power along with an appropriate technology is the key to protect the earth. Punjab’s plan to use clean and green energy will go far away with the aim to make the world a improved place to live in, Singh concluded.