Bhubaneswar : Tata Power led Odisha Discom – TP Northern Odisha Distribution Limited (TPNODL) has embarked on a transformative journey to illuminate the lives of tribal communities in the heartlands of Odisha. In line with the government’s ‘Biju Gram Jyoti Yojana’, TPNODL has emerged as a beacon of light, empowering 2,300 families in the remote forest areas of Simlipal Reserve, Mayurbhanj District and Kolharoida, Joda, Keonjhar District, through the deployment of 18 solar microgrids and standalone systems. Around 42 mountainous and inaccessible villages of Astakuanara, Gudagudia, and Bareipani Gram Panchayat, are expected to benefit from this electrification drive.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the microgrids in a virtual ceremony and dedicated the service to the general public. Among the dignitaries gracing the occasion were minister of science & technology, Ashok Chandra Panda, Mayurbhanj district collector Vineet Bharadwaj, Rural Electrification (ODSSP) advisor Diptiman Bal, TPNODL CEO Bhaskar Sarkar, and Mayurbhanj Zilla Parisad president Bharati Hansdah.
Additionally, in a step towards nurturing local talent and fostering self-reliance, TPNODL has tied up with Divine Engineering College, Rairangpur to provide residential training courses to around 40 tribal youth to ensure proper maintenance and performance of the solar installations.