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News Brief | July 2013

Kanpur's area gets solar streetlights

In Kanpur, residents of Krishnapuram GT Road are a happy lot as their area remains illuminated even during power cuts thanks to solar power. People have no fear while going for a stroll in their locality or park even during late evening or night hours, courtesy, the Kanpur Nagar Nigam, which has installed solar lights on an experimental basis in the locality. In 2009, 25 solar lights were installed there. For now, three out of the 25 were stolen, but now the remaining solar lights are in working condition and residents take care of these lights. According to Rajeev Sharma, deputy commissioner of Kanpur division, who was then municipal commissioner, KNN, nearly 25 solar lights were installed in the area. Five solar lights were installed in the lane just behind the Manoj Guest House while nine were installed in the locality's park and remaining 11 were installed in the side lanes of the area. The residents had asked for the installation of solar lights instead of streetlights powered by electricity as area used to witness frequent power-cuts and rostering. Sharma had asked the road light department to install solar lights as an experiment and had passed an order to monitor them. Now these light are proving to be a boon for the local residents.
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