30 Solar Streetlights in the Kultali Range of Sundarbans will be Installed Soon
News Desk, News Nation 360 : It is good news for around 4,516 households in the Sundarbans as they are set to enjoy the brighter evening from now onwards. Directorate of Forest, South 24 Pargana have Joined hands with Super Shakti Foundation and Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage to install 30 solar street lights in the Kultali range. These solar lights also would save the lives of villagers from man wild conflict. Around 4,136 families of Debipur in the Kultali range in the Sundarbans are beneficiaries of the proposed street lights. They are the victims of frequent snake bites as these villages are adjacent to the core area of the Sundarbans. The villagers stumble upon poisonous snakes in the darkness leading to death or serious injury regularly. Kultali range falls under the jurisdiction of the Directorate Forest, South 24 Parganas Division, Govt. of West Bengal. The nearby hospital is 36 km away. Milan Mandal, DFO, 24 Parganas, South Division said that as the Sundarbans are biosphere lands and people living here are exposed to nature, human and wild conflict is one of the major concerns of the forest department in the Sundarbans. Roads are developed
with bricks and electricity has been a rarity here. Snake bites are a common problem in the Sundarbans area. Common kraits and Cobras are making prime damage to the local people. The mortality rate (65%) is very high for snake bite cases. Even the Tigers strayed out of the core areas twice in the last five years. So Solar lights are the only solution to this concern here. The project is a public-private partnership. The Directorate of Forest has given the mandate to KSCH, a social enterprise. The solar street lights will be installed by the Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage whereas the Super Shakti Foundation has come forward with the requisite funds. Super Shakti Foundation plans to install 30 solar street lights in that area and to start with they already installed 5 poles. Today after inaugurating the project they will implement the rest at different phases.
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Report : Anustup Kundu