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Indus Towers joins hands with TERI to light rural villages and homes

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 Indus Towers made an announcement that the company would provide high efficiency Solar LED Lighting Systems, to rural areas. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Pankaj Mittal, Chief Human Resources Officer, Indus Towers said, "As a responsible corporate citizen, Indus Towers has always tried to strike a balance between the corporate gains and social upliftment. Our commitment to good governance, ethical conduct and social responsibility is core to our way of doing business, and is strongly aligned with our drive to create and increase value for all stakeholders. This initiative will help the villagers of the District of Kanpur -Dehat, Uttar Pradesh, by making their lives better and also teach them the power of alternate sources of energy. Indus Towers will continue to introduce similar innovative initiatives in future as well." Speaking of the company's Green Vision, BS Shantharaju, CEO, Indus Towers says, "One of Indus' core Values is Environment. We are committed to our values framework and have already reduced usage of 62 million litres of diesel in the last 2 years and our endeavor will be to reduce it further every year. We will take this campaign to as many cities as possible and recreate the image of our country as a 'Green Nation'. We, as a company, are dedicated to an eco- friendly India'. "Over 1.4 billion people in the world lack access to electricity and 25% of them live in India. For these people, life comes to a standstill after dusk. Inadequate lighting is not only an impediment to progress and development opportunities, but also has a direct impact on the health, environment, and safety of people who are forced to light their homes with kerosene lamps, dung cakes, firewood, and crop residue after sunset. Solar lanterns rented through the LaBL charging stations provide bright clean and affordable light to the rural households, eliminating the hazards of kerosene smoke and providing proper lighting for children to study. Indus Towers' commitment to the cause is laudable," said Mr. Shafat Sultan Marazi, Strategic Advisor- LaBL The 5 year partnership of Indus Towers and TERI would sponsor clean energy and rural entrepreneurship through the Lighting a Billion Lives Program (LaBL) to over 165,000 people across 660 villages in India. The first villages chosen for implementation under this partnership are in Kanpur Dehat district. TERI's local partner organization supporting the program is Shramik Bharti, who will help in identification and selection of the villages and also provide ground support for long term sustainability of the initiative. LaBL is a unique and measurable sustainability initiative that effectively demonstrates how Public-Private-People (PPP) partnerships easily support clean energy schemes and initiatives, particularly in the area of rural development. In the process, Indus Towers will help mitigate approx. 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and create over 660 green jobs. The LaBL campaign targets all communities across the world that lack access to modern and clean sources of lighting. Through this campaign, local entrepreneur-driven delivery channels are created for distribution and servicing of solar lanterns to rural communities. The campaign also provides excellent opportunity for public-private-people-partnership (P4) wherein the private sector can enhance the effectiveness of development schemes of the government, particularly in health, education and livelihoods sectors, by providing lighting through LaBL.

Rural Electrification | News published on 14 / 05 / 2012 by Bharat Vasandani

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