248 tribal families to get solar LEDs

Pune: As many as 248 tribal families from Sakeri, Pathan, Kondhval, Pimpergane, Velholi, Nigdale and Siddhagad located in Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary would see light in their homes for the first time next month.

The Science and Technology Innovation Park (Scitech Park), Pune, would distribute solar LED home light sets among them on August 2. A solar panel, battery bank and two bulbs would be given to each family under the project ‘Scitech Surya’. Each set costing around Rs3,000 would be provided free to the tribal families.

Backed by a CSR initiative of the New India Assurance Company Limited, Mumbai, the project secured all its funding. The entire project costs around Rs10 lakh. Last year, Scitech Park provided over 1,000 such sets in Kinwat tehsil of Nanded District, a tribal region.

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