If there is anything which matters since the conceptualisation of tiger reserves and ‘Project Tiger’, is tiger. For years, forest guards have worked as sentinels in remote areas of forest and underwent a strenuous life sans basic amenities, like electricity and water.
But to make life easier and enjoyable for these guards, forest department in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) has installed solar lighting systems in check-posts located in remote areas and diesel-run water pumps have been replaced with solar powered pumps.
In a major step towards reducing carbon footprints, all 15 check-posts in RTR have been equipped with solar panels. Besides, 14 check-posts that had borewells, have been replaced with solar panels. The solar panels, with the capacity of 1 KW system, can run five LED lights and two ceiling fans at each check-post.
Besides, three check-posts — Ashaki, Mandrael, Sapotra in Keladevi Sanctuary were also provided 5 HP submersible solar water pumps. Solar power facility was also installed at 14 check-posts in Keladevi.
“The objective was to reduce the carbon footprint of the park management and provide frontline staff in remote areas with basic amenities. This was done with support from Rajasthan Electricals and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture of state and Central government. Total project cost at RTR was Rs 132 lakh and Keladevi Sanctuary was 35 lakh,” said Y K Sahu, field director RTR.