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Solar Street Light & Micro Hydel Project


Organization : IDFC Foundation


Location : Meghalaya


Project Description

IDFC Foundation has been a strategic partner of the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), Government of Meghalaya, for the 7 Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion (IBDLP) Programme.

Mawlyngbna is a village situated on the southern slopes of Meghalaya, bordering Bangladesh. There are a total of 350 households who cultivate betel nut, betel vine, bay leaf, chillies, potatoes and black pepper. One notable factor of this village is that the people there have taken the initiative to develop their village by building a water reservoir and working towards making their village a tourist destination.

Foundation resolved to implement the following in the Mawlyngbna village:

  • Solar streetlights in public places and alongside pathways to improve livelihoods and tourism
  • Micro Hydel Project at the Community Owned Multipurpose Reservoir to supply electricity to a Warehouse-cum-Economic Activity Centre created by the villagers to improve livelihood
  • Provide infrastructure to prevent contamination of drinking water

The Impact

  • The Solar Street Lighting project at Mawlyngbna has been successfully completed with the installation of 30 solar street lights in the village and was inaugurated on 23rd May 2015.
  • So far, in the absence of street lights, sight-seeing and experiencing the natural beauty of Mawlynnong remained a day time activity. Now, with the Solar Street Lights in the village and lighting up of public spaces, tourists would be encouraged to spend the night in the village and experience the local culture, which would significantly improve the livelihood of the villagers.

Project Type : CSR


Project Donors and Partners

Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), Government of Meghalaya

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