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UP police stations to get solar power generators

PTI | Updated on January 11, 2011 Published on January 11, 2011

CLEAN ENERGY: Of the 1,465 police stations in the State, majority of them are located either in remote or rural areas, facing power crisis. -- D.K. Kishan Rao   -  THE HINDU

Lucknow, Jan. 11 The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to install solar power generators in all 1,465 police stations across the State, which will enable policemen to use CFL lamps, fans and even computers.

“We have taken up a project to install solar power generators at police stations in the State, which has formally been launched,” the Chairman of New and Renewable Energy Development Agency, Mr Navneet Sehgal, told PTI.

“Installation of the solar power generator will enable every police station to use CFL lamps, fans and even a computer,” he said.

Of the 1,465 police stations in the State, majority of them are located either in remote or rural areas, facing power crisis.

“In majority of the areas of the State, electricity is available only for eight to 10 hours. Besides, sometimes areas remain without power in case of a major breakdown,” police department sources said.

The Uttar Pradesh police has launched a modernisation programme under which it has been decided to computerise records of all the police stations for proper maintenance, besides registration of FIRs.

“Though computers have been installed at around 500 police stations, availability of power is a major hindrance in implementing the scheme,” they said.

The agency forwarded an Rs 15-crore proposal to the Centre for installing solar power panels at police stations.

“The Centre, while sanctioning Rs 4.7 crore for the project, has also released Rs 2.35 crore for installation of solar power generators,” sources said.

In the first phase, 340 police stations will be taken up in which preference will be given to those located in remote areas.



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Published on January 11, 2011
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