RANGPUR, Mar 17 (BSS): Solar power in remote and hardly reachable char areas on the Teesta and Dharla basins in Lalmonirhat has brought an overall change in the life-style of hundreds of isolated people.
The char people of Sadar, Hatibandha, Kaliganj and Aditmari upazilas of Lalmonirhat are showing more and more interests in availing the facilities of modern life by purchasing the solar power plants in groups at a comparatively reasonable price. Three non-government organisations (NGOs) have been providing the solar plants to them.
Power houses of the Power Development Board (PDB) and the Rural Electrification Board (REB) cannot meet the needs of electricity in the remote and distant char areas, which are cut off from the mainland by a number of smaller river channels.
So, the onset of solar power has ushered in a new hope for the char people, who are now living with facilities of the modern era of science.
Though there are very insufficient power supply lines of the PDB and the REB at some places of the char land, power has been supplied to the consumers at particular times. But, now many people of the chars have now started using solar power. The solar technology is more comfortable and less costly for them.
The char people told the news agency that the NGOs - Protyashya, BRAC and Aspect - are providing them with necessary equipment and technical assistance, panels, batteries and necessary tools of the solar power generation system, on instalment basis payment facilities.
Prices of the appliances ranges between Tk 21,000 and Tk 42,000 depending on their power producing capacities. The device can be purchased by depositing 20 to 30 per cent of its total cost as down payment by any one or a group of people.