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  • NTPC and TERI join hands for distributed power generation: 25 villages will be covered under the rural electrification project

    11 March 2006

    The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) and NTPC Limited today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly implement rural electrification through distributed generation schemes for a period of three years. The MoU is recognition of the importance for sustainable development in India and an attempt to achieve the Government of India initiative 'Electricity for all'.

    To begin with, 25 villages will be covered under the distributed generation projects. A steering committee, with two members from TERI and NTPC each, will be constituted. This committee will deliberate on the policies and issues in order to achieve the objectives of the joint programme.

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, said, "Sustainable development is just a phrase unless we practice it at the grass roots level. It is imperative that we recognize the importance of remote village electrification in India and make every attempt to change the present scenario. TERI has, for years now, persevered in trying to make a positive difference in the rural sector, even though the task often looks colossal. It is associations like the one we have made today that give us the encouragement to go on with renewed vigor. We thank NTPC for partnering with us, and hope that the MoU signed today will result in lighting up some home that are in darkness after sundown, in remote corners of the country."

    TERI and NTPC intend to jointly undertake time-bound and target oriented programmes for electrifying the remote villages implementing distributed generation technologies. The combined role of TERI and NTPC will be to identify suitable technology, fund and implement and establish appropriate electricity delivery mechanism. The project will involve NGOs and Village Energy Committees (VEC) for sustaining it in a cost effective and time bound manner. The intent of the programme is to provide affordable and reliable electricity to rural areas in accordance with the relevant National Electricity Policy. The main thrust will be to make these projects self-sustainable in the long run.

    The sustainability model will emphasize the involvement of local village community and arranging locally available fuel and resources. Operation, maintenance and revenue collection will be managed the VEC comprising of the villagers.