According to reports, the much-awaited 100 KW solar power project planned and engineered by NIT Silchar in south Assam’s Barak Valley has been formally launched.
The Rs 2.70 crore project, the first of its kind in the North East, was inaugurated by Assam government’s Commissioner of Hills and Barak Valley Division Mahammed Ariz Ahammed yesterday at an event at the institute.
The plant, which has been funded 90 per cent by the central government, will not only electrify the entire campus of the institute but also the neighbouring areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Ahammed stressed on priority domains for even and effective development of the border areas. He said among the priority sectors for the border areas are education, health, family welfare, drinking water, child and woman nutrition, power, including non-conventional energy and woman self-help groups.
A two-day interaction programme was also organised by NIT Silchar on the occasion to discuss issues related to implementation of development schemes in border villages.
Besides Ahammed, Assam University Vice-Chancellor Somnath Dasgupta and the Deputy Commissioners of Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts took part in the programme.
Ahammed said that a five-year action plan should be taken up for development of the backward areas.
He also stressed on early completion of the East-West Corridor and Silchar-Lumding BG, Silchar-Halflong-Guwahati road for the development of all the five districts.