In an innovative effort to fight electricity crisis in forward areas, Gujarat Frontier of the Border Security Force (BSF) is all set to use solar energy for its out-posts located in remote border areas, where no electrification is possible till date.
Union Minister of State for Home and top BSF officials confirmed that Gujarat frontier will soon set up a five mega watt solar energy plant and also separately electrify 20 Border Out Posts (BoPs) by solar energy.
"Gujarat frontier BSF has given me a proposal about the solar power project. It will come up soon," Haribhai Chaudhary, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said over the phone.
Chaudhary however did not divulged details like cost of the same project.
"I can only tell about the cost aspects once I will reach Delhi on Tuesday," the minister said.
Inspector General of Gujarat Frontier of BSF Santosh Mehra said there are two projects on solarisation, one is a five megawatt solar plant in Nalabet area in border district of Banaskantha and in another project 20 BoPs will be lightened up with solar energy.
"In Nalabet area we are going to have about five megawatt solar plant. Some progress is there. The land has been identified and this solar plant will come up," Mehra said.
"In another project, we have identified about 20 BoPs (in Banaskantha and Kutch districts),which will stand alone on solar power generation system. No electrification has taken place in these BoPS. Only source of electricity over there is generator," he said.
"Now, for generators we have to send diesel through tankers. But if the generator is not working there then there would be no electricity," he added.