Elephanta Island, a UNESCO heritage site in Mumbai is lit by solar power
Just of the Mumbai coast, the Elephanta Island, been subjected to diesel generator use for ages now, will finally have its share of renewable energy. For years, the residents living on this little island which is listed as a UNESCO heritage site have either faced darkness or have had to use some pretty polluting sources of energy to lighten up their little homes. The village, Rajbandar, located on the island, has 30 homes which will soon be lit up with solar lamps. Each of these homes will be given four solar powered lamps and if successful, the project will spread to other such places across the state of Maharashtra. Earlier, the 1,500 residents got just four hours of electricity everyday, provided by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), using diesel generators.
We hope the authorities look to solar panels and wind turbines too. The turbines could be a great source of energy, taken that the winds blow at a considerable rate on the little island.