The current trend of choosing the sustainable source of energy is being taken seriously. Recently, the Indian Army has distributed 17,000 solar lights among the residents of un-electrified and inaccessible Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The initiative under ‘Roshni’ (light) project, the Army said, was launched after it was felt that electricity was the most integral requirement in the far away areas during interactions with the locals including the floating population of nomadic Gujjars and Bakherwal communities. “The initial aim was to light up 5,000 homes and ‘dhoks’ (mud-houses),” it said.
“After approaching several NGOs and municipal corporations, a Mumbai-based NGO, ‘Eco Solutions’, headed by Yatendra Aggarwal agreed to be a part of the project in 2016, as their primary aim was to reach out to remote areas in the country and provide lights through solar-based LED lighting systems,” according to Brigadier Rohit Nautiyal of the Rashtriya Rifles.
The initiative has enhanced the standard of living of the local population in the high altitude inaccessible areas that has led to better & cordial relations between the Army and the rural population.