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Orissa plans solar lighting at Tara Tarini at a cost of Rs. 5 million

According to reports, a solar lighting project would be taken up at Tara Tarini hill shrine in Gnajam district at a cost of around Rs. 50 lakh.

It was part of discussion in the annual general body meeting of the Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB) held in the conference hall in the office of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), southern division on Friday evening. This meeting was presided by the RDC Laxmi Narayn Nayak, who happens to be the chairman of the TTDB. Vice-chairman of the TTDB, the Ganjam Collector Kishen Kumar, its secretary Pramod Panda, and officials of different departments and dignitaries of the city were present at the meeting.

Mr. Panda said such major solar light project is being implemented in any religious shrine in the State for the second time. A similar solar light project is already on in Si Jagannath temple in Puri. According to Mr. Panda this solar lighting project worth Rs. 50 lakh would be financed by the Cenral government and it would be installed by Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA). The hill top of this hill shrine would be lighted up by this renewable source of energy.

During discussions it was also revealed that funds worth around Rs.72 lakh from the Central government and State government for development of tourism prospects of this hill shrine was already with the district administration. Using this fund a bathroom complex and a facilitation centre for pilgrims would be built up at the hill shine.

At the request of the TTDB, the Tata group has agreed to take up massive plantation work at the Tara Tarini hill, said Mr. Panda.

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