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09-18-2009, 10:18 PM #1
SRK donates power project for an Orissa
In Swades, Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan) lit up a village. No, the actor is doing the same off-screen too, for the people of the Banhipal village in Orissa. The actor has funded a solar power-harnessing project in the Kendrapara district giving power supply to thousands of villagers.
SRK Rukh is part of the NDTV Greenathon initiative called Lighting Billion Lives. Sources reveal that before donating funds, Khan sat down with experts and studied the power crisis scenario in the area. He was appalled to see the condition the villagers were living in and the lack of basic power supply in their area.
As a part of the harnessing project funded by SRK, six other villagers in the district have also been able to generate solar electricity. Through the initiative, each village has been given around 50 solar lanterns that are charged through solar panels put up on the rooftop. Even though SRK hasn't been able to personally visit the area to follow up on the project, regional officers keep briefing him at regular intervals.
Even though Khan has done the entire installation and putting up basic infrastructure, the maintenance cost will be borne by the villagers.
Shilpa Shetty, early this year, joined hands with a company that produces hand crank lanterns that generate electricity without using fuel. Her foundation will distributed these solar power- generated lamps for free to villages in India. Priyanka Chopra took on the role as the brand ambassador for the NDTV Greenathon. As a part of her role she plans to be raise environmental awareness among society by various initiatives.