GUWAHATI, April 19: As the festivities of Rongali Bihu grip the State, for the first time Team Techniche, a young brigade of students from IIT Guwahati, illuminated the streets of Amtola, one of the oldest villages of Assam, in Kamrup district. With the Bihu celebrations underway, the students have turned the backward village, mostly inhabited by the fishing community, bright.
Over the years Amtola and its neighbouring villages have been lashed by the fury of floods while the area has been deprived of the basic amenities for decades together. However, the initiative to install solar lights by Team Techniche, the annual techno-management fest of IIT Guwahati, has ushered in a ray of hope for the villagers. The Techniche team has voluntarily installed five solar lights that cost about Rs 25 thousand each in destitute areas of Amtola village near Kukurmara with the support of village residents and the sponsors of Techniche.
Even though it is surrounded by emerging industrial zones, Team Techniche said more than 80% of Amtola is still underdeveloped from the technical and infrastructural standpoints. The plight of the villagers of Amtola came to the notice of Team Techniche through some people from the village who worked in construction projects of the IIT, the students informed.
Significantly, Techniche aims at integrated development of both rural and semi-rural areas while installing energy-efficient solar lights in remote areas of villages as part of its programme. The Techniche team has so far installed over 100 LED street lights in more than 50 villages, delivering benefits of 40-45% energy and monetary savings.