Ranchi, Mar 26
As many as 4,000 solar powered lights called ‘Ranchi ki Roshni’ manufactured by 15 rural women of Ormanjhi block in the State capital were handed over by the Ranchi Deputy Commissioner (DC) Chhavi Ranjan to members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Thursday.
The project is being supported by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited as a part of its CSR initiative. Under the project the district administration will be handing over 40,000 solar lamps to the NDRF.
“Ranchi ki Roshni solar lamps are being produced with a lot of hard work and effort by the SHG women in Ormanjhi. These lamps will assist the NDRF battalions for disaster mitigation in the affected areas and we are happy that these locally produced lamps will be used across the country for the benefit of our frontline workers. I would also like to thank Indian Oil Corporation Limited for their CSR support in this project,” said the DC.
The lights have been sent from Ranchi to Patna and will be used by the NDRFduring any disaster situation. They will further be dispatched to the various battalions across the country from the capital of Bihar.
“We hope that these solar lamps assist the NDRF teams in disaster situations and are a valuable addition for the battalions. Our SHG didi’s have worked very hard post lockdown for the production of these lamps and we are proud of them,” said Ananya Seth, Project Director, Ranchi ki Roshni.
The project Ranchi ki Roshni was started in July 2018 in order to promote livelihood as well as provide sustainable lighting solutions. The 15 women are involved in the entire manufacturing process right from assembling the LED, soldering the wire to varnishing it at the centre.
The rechargeable lights when fully charged in the sun for about three to four hours have a life of upto five hours.
The lights are also available for sale at Block-A Collectorate on Wednesday and Friday at a price of Rs 160 each.