India offers solar power to Bangladeshi village

February 19th, 2008 - 3:18 pm ICT by admin  

Dhaka, Feb 19 IANS) India has proposed electrification of a village in Bangladesh with solar power as part of the energy cooperation initiative in the South Asian region. The Indian high commission here has written to Bangladesh’s foreign ministry proposing that Delhi install solar power systems in one village. The solar system will supply electricity to 300 home-lights and 50 streetlights.

The foreign ministry forwarded the letter to the state power division Monday, New Age newspaper reported Tuesday.

The letter asked Dhaka to suggest names of two or three villages from which one will be chosen for the project.

Bangladesh is expected to recommend the names of villages in remote coastal areas, where it has not been possible to supply power from the national power grid.

In making the offer, India, as the current chair of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), is following up a commitment it has made during last April’s Saarc summit in New Delhi.

In recent months, India has followed up some more commitments like allowing duty-free imports to the least developed nations (LDCs) in the eight-member regional grouping.

Bangladesh is to export eight million pieces of duty-free apparels to the Indian market every year.

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