Guwahati, March 5: As part of its ongoing CSR initiative, Guwahati-Siliguri Pipeline Unit under Eastern Region Pipelines have provided 65 solar powered street lights at Sadilapur, Mouza Jalukbari Kamrup district of Assam.
The village which was covered under the scheme are in the vicinity of Guwahati Siliguri Pipeline right of way. The facilities were handed over by executive director, ERPL, S. K. Satija in presence of general manager, Guwahati Siliguri Pipeline, A. K. Mishra; deputy general manager (CSR) Tej Bir Singh Bhandari and other senior officials of Indian Oil on Saturday (March 3) in a simple yet elegant ceremony.
West Guwahati MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita also graced the occasion and spoke about the efforts made by IOCL – GSPL in the district of Kamrup. The beneficiary families of the respective villages attended the ceremony and were touched by Indian Oil’s initiative and this brought instant delight in the faces of the stakeholders.
With this scheme a large number of the village residents will be benefited. The solar street light is a fully independent unit comprising of a mounting structure/pole of height 5 meters, 80Wp solar panel, 18W LED light and a 12V, 100 Ah encased battery giving a 3 day autonomy (12 hr/day).
The villagers specially the women members were highly impressed by the gesture of Indian Oil. The rural village roads with the installation of solar lights greatly enhanced the safety and security aspect of the villagers. The inhabitants of villages belong to the poorer section of society and predominantly under privileged. Providing the solar lights will address the safety and security aspect of the villagers.
To ensure sustainability, a Village Management Committee have been constituted for transfer of ownership of the assets created and primarily to manage and oversee the operation and maintenance of the newly developed facility on long term basis.
This effort of Indian Oil is part of its commitment to give back to society and the joy of giving was a small yet significant step forward in fulfilling its objective of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Executive director, ERPL, S. K. Satija addressed the stakeholder’s present. He stressed on the sustainability of the project and was glad to know that a Village Management Committee was already formed and that the committee would oversee the operation and maintenance of the facility.
He also stressed on the safety and security of the pipelines. The villagers conveyed their happiness and thanked Indian Oil for providing the solar light facility. The meeting ended with a hearty vote of thanks to the chair.