October 28th, 2015
News, Image Source: Hufftington Post
We can’t tolerate a minute without electricity, imagine a place where people need to travel 7 kilometres just to charge their mobile phones. We may boast of many technological events that are taking shape nowadays but we can’t ignore the villages that are yet to see the light of the day.
Nearly 76 households in the village of Naro Ka Kheda , 25 kilometres from Udaipur in Rajasthan, electricity was a distant dream till Prabh Singh, 24-year-old fulfilled it. On 23 July 2015, a house was electrified with special credit to a pilot project by a Durham University Business School student.
Prabh originally hails from Delhi and always dreamt of wearing a three-piece suit working in an investment bank. He says he was inspired by the availability of solar panels on eBay.
As per the Hufftington Post, while discussing about how the people in Britian live off the grid during their casual fishing trips using affordable solar power, he was stimulated for the project.
He further adds that when several people in the Britian can use solar power as a luxurious commodity why can’t it be used as a necessity in his country where 75m people lives without electricity.
With this “Project Kiran” was born.
Prabh’s case comes among those who have never stepped into the village but he spent nights, worked with the villagers, and had food with them to get a zest that his project could bring in the village.
The £7000 project was covered by crowd-funding from the villagers and North East Centre for Technology Application and Research (NECTAR), an autonomous society in the Indian Government that chose to be a part of the project. The project ensured the access of the residents in the remote areas of the village and came up with an ‘easy to install and service’ electricity kit. It comprised of the a solar panel, three light bulbs, a strip light and a charging socket for a mobile phone. The project has also been able to set up a maintenance network bringing in revenue, which Singh says enables the village to add around 50,000 rupees to the village kitty.
Prabh wants to take this successful project to different villages and encourage rural entrepreneurship. He is already in talks with the Central Government agency to take the same project to 50 different villages based on the same revenue model. The satisfaction which Prabh saw in the eyes of the villagers after using electricity is unmatched to any other satisfaction he could have got in any profession.
We at The Logical Indian salute the efforts of Prabh Singh who in his project luckily and fortunately gave the best gift to the villagers which even government failed to give,
Prabh’s effort will encourage every Indian to take up rural entrepreneurship. Imagine the day when a bunch of young enthusiasts will transform India with the knowledge and art at their disposal.