Keshab Mahanta, Minister for Water Resources, Science and Technology, formally inaugurated the first Floating Solar Energy PV of the North East at Khatorbori village under Bhurbandha Block in Morigaon district. This Floating Solar Energy Centre was constructed at a cost of Rs 15 lakh by the Science and Technology Department of the State Government in collaboration with Cobalt Solar and Start-Up India Company Ltd. The energy centre will supply electricity to three remote villages under Bhurbandha Development Block. Addressing an open meeting held on the occasion, Keshab Mahanta said that the Science and Technology Department of the State Government has chalked out a policy to instal solar energy centres in remote and inaccessible areas of the State through which the poor rural people will get the benefit of electricity.
In the function, Rama Kanta Deori, MLA of Morigaon and Hemen Das, Deputy Commissioner of Morigaon also spoke.
Later, the Water Resources Minister visited the flood and erosion-affected Kathoni village and adjacent areas where hundreds of families were rendered homeless due to unprecedented erosion by the Brahmaputra during the last few days. Talking to newsmen, Mahanta said that the Water Resources Department has sanctioned Rs 6.35 crore for the protection of respective areas from erosion by the Red River. He directed the officials of the department to expedite flood protection works at Lahorighat and Buragaon in Morigaon district.