Naxal-hit Amasebailu set to be Karnataka’s first solar-powered GP

Only 73 of the 1,401 households in the gram panchayat in Udipi district were devoid of solar power

Naxal-hit Amasebailu set to be Karnataka’s first solar-powered GP

Amasebailu gram panchayat in Kundapur of Udipi district will become the first fully solar-powered gram panchayat in Karnataka state by December 10.

The village, affected by Naxalites and their activities, has been improving ever since it was adopted in 2008 by Amasebailu Charitable Trust and Karnataka Bank.

Even as the Trust gave solar lamps to 1,328 households till now, 73 houses were still devoid of the solar power.

Amasebailu Charitable Trust president AG Kodgi, the brain behind the project, had envisioned the project to provide solar lights to all the households in his village when he was the chairman of Third Finance Commission Implementation Task Force.

With the assistance of the Central government and the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited, the Trust got Rs 25 lakh from Udupi district administration under Naxal-affected area development fund.

Kodgi said Amasebailu gram panchayat was able to generate 60 units of electricity daily through solar power. SELCO Solar Light Pvt Ltd had installed 20 solar-powered streetlights in the gram panchayat.