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Solar power plants at Bijnor villages Ram Sahaywala, Himmatpur Bela, Motadhak and Chaturwala

The solar plants will be set up in four villages i.e Ram Sahaywala, Himmatpur Bela, Motadhak and Chaturwala villages by next year.

The villages have been shortlisted under the Solar Mission Scheme of the New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (NEDA), which will manage the project.

The move comes after several complaints were received about rise in crime cases during the night due to absence of electricity. However, the solar lights will help alleviate the problem.

Giving details, RK Pandey, nodal officer of New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (NEDA), said, “These villages are located on the other side of Ganga and hence could not be electrified through the conventional method. It is not permitted to send power cables across the river. This is why we’ve included them in the solar mission.”

Pandey said the villages would get solar power plants of varying capacities. “Motadhak will get 350 Kilowatt (KW), Chaturwala 60 KW, Ram Sahaywala, while Himmatpur Bela 200 KW,” he added.

The official, however, said power tariff had not been decided yet. However, reports say it would be almost equal to the normal power tariff.

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