Bihar develops ‘carbon negative village’

All the basic facilities such as hospital, banks, mobile tower and water supply are running on solar energy

Patna: A village nestled atop 2,400 feet above sea level in Bihar has been developed as a “carbon negative village” to save greenery and provide the masses all the basic facilities through eco-friendly technology.


Authorities said Rehal, a village located atop the hills in Rohtas district of Bihar, has been developed on the pattern of tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan, the only country in the world that is “carbon negative” which means it produces more oxygen that it consumes.

Currently, all the basic facilities such as hospital, banks, mobile tower and water supply are running on solar energy. Even all the 589 odd homes located in the village are lighted by solar power, bringing sudden happiness in the lives of villagers who till recently were condemned to live under darkness.

At present, a 10 kVA solar power plant is already operational whereas another 10 kVA and 25 kVA plants are under construction. The green power being supplied is enough to light up three bulbs and run a fan at a time, officials informed.

“We have developed the village as carbon sink on the Bhutan model with the commitment to save environment. It’s the first such project in Bihar,” Rohtas district magistrate Animesh Kumar Parashar told the media on Friday. The village has a total population of 3,160 people, mostly tribals.

Authorities said based on the success of this project, this model would be adopted in all 162 villages located atop Kaimur hills, virtually inaccessible by roads.

Environmentalists are happy over launch of this project in Kaimur hills, considered to be state’s biggest wildlife sanctuary and reserve forests stretching up to 1,130 square kilometres. “The success of the project will be seen a model of development with nature. It will also prove to be a boon in conserving environment,” Kamla Sinha, a local environment activist told the media.

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