India’s First-Ever “Bio-Village Solar Hamlet” Inaugurated In Tripura

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Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura

Agartala, November 05, 2022: The first-ever “Bio-Village Solar Hamlet” generating 10 Kilo Watt (KW) of power has been inaugurated at Tripura’s Kharansing Para in Killa RD Block of Gomati district by the Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Saturday.

Tripura Renewable Energy Development Agency (TREDA) and Department of Biotechnology jointly implemented the “Bio-Village Solar Hamlet” project at a cost of Rs 80 lakh.

For sustainable rural development and boost the economy of local populace, the foundation of this “Bio-Village Solar Hamlet” project has been laid by integrating bio-technology, solar technology, bio-energy, and bio-economy under the Department of Science, Technology and Environment.

Citing the significance of “Bio-Village Solar Hamlet”, Deputy Chief Minister Dev Varma told Northeast Today that the concept of “Bio-Village” was already in India and this is something very different from Bio-Village. “Our policy is solar hamlet, it is very different and both have been joint together. We call the concept Bio-Village plus or Bio-Village 2.0. In simple Bio-Village it’s only organic farming. But in this village (Kharansing Para), we have put different component- encouraging bio-organic farming, distributed livestock, training to produce mushrooms, etc. capacity building was a very big part. On a pilot basis, we are holding this for a year.”

“Then, we have installed PM-Kusum pumps based on solar here so that they can do double cropping, we have also installed a water-filtration pump here as it is revealed from survey that the people in this village had been suffering from lots of stomach diseases because they were having water from the stream. That’s why, we have done Bio-Village 2.0 and nowhere in India, it has been done like this”, he said.

He also said that the government has taken initiatives to set up such “Bio-Village Solar Hamlets” in the aspirational blocks of Tripura.

“Apart from this, the Rural Development department has made paved roads, market stalls and modernized community halls in this village. So it is a composite effort of Rural Development and Science, Technology & Environment departments”, Dev Varma told reporters.

The Deputy Chief Minister was accompanied by Tribal Welfare minister Rampada Jamatia, Gomati Zilla Parishad’s Sabhadipati Swapan Adhikari, Chief Engineer of Rural Development department Swapan Kumar Das, TREDA’s Joint Director Debabrata Sukla Das. Besides, a large number students from Garia Academy along with local Samajpatis were also present in the inaugural ceremony.

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