The government of India has announced it has received president’s assent to commence the Phase-II of the ‘Atal Jyoti Yojana’ (AJAY) to be implemented in the year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
Approval has also been accorded for meeting the awaiting liabilities of Rs 50 crore accrued during the first phase of AJAY, a press release by the Ministry of New and Renewable energy said.
Phase-II of AJAY will cover installation of 3,04,500 solar street lights (SSL) of 12 W capacity as per the MNRE specification. 75% of the cost will come through the MNRE budget and rest 25% will be provided from MPLAD funds.
By the scheme closing date March 31, 2018, sanctions from MPLAD funds were acknowledged for the installation of 1.45 lakh solar street light in 96 constituencies.
The press release further stated that, Energy Efficiency Services Limited will be the implementing agency for the Phase-II of the AJAY scheme.
The total cost for implementation of Phase-II is budgeted to Rs 761 crore out of which Rs 571 crore will be provided by the MNRE and Rs 190 crore will be from MPLAD funds. The period specified for the project is one year from the date of notification of the scheme.
NISE will be the agency accountable for providing the technical support and helping EESL in preparing quality and construction standards of the project.
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