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Solar lights will be installed on rural roads in phases. – Minister for Environment.

Staff Reporter: Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin said that as part of the implementation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘Village will be City’ plan, solar lights are being installed on roads in remote rural areas of the country like cities. He said the government’s slogan, “Sheikh Hasina’s initiative, electricity in every house” is no longer just a slogan, the government has implemented it. At present, the government is making arrangements to extend all the facilities of the city to the villages as part of the implementation of the “My Village, My City” plan.

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change said this while talking about the installation a total of 373 solar powered street lights with a capacity of 30 watts in Juri and Barolekha upazilas under “Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Project in Moulvibazar District” implemented by Rural Poverty Alleviation Foundation under the Rural Development and Cooperatives Division and funded by Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

The Environment Minister said that the wide use of fossil fuels is increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which is responsible for global warming. To this end, the government is implementing initiatives to generate electricity using various types of renewable energy, including solar energy. He said solar powererd street lights have been installed in different parts of the country with the funding of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust. As part of this, street lights are being installed at 373 important places on the 28 km road from Bhuai Bazar in Juri Upazila to Chandagram Bazar in Baralekha Upazila. He said that the provision of lighting on this hilly zigzag regional highway will reduce the number of accidents. Road lights will be installed on such roads in all remote areas of the country in phases.

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