Delhi University’s Hindu College has collaborated with LED Safari to ensure that the kerosene lamps of close to two lakh street vendors are replaced with solar alternatives, the Asian Age reported.
These ‘Allure Lamps’, or solar powered LED lamps, have high quality solar PVs (photovoltaic) and Li-ion batteries. They are charged under bright sunlight and can provide light for up to 8 hours. These lamps are also used in restaurants, cafes, home interiors, and bars.
“The toxic by-products emitted by the primitive kerosene lamp continue to fuel maladies such as deteriorating eyesight, respiratory conditions, and the persistent threat of fire hazards in the majority of our households. The goal of equitable living standards for all can only be realised by embracing renewable technologies,” said a representative of Hindu to the Asian Age.
The project is called ‘Oorja’, and involves using unique solar LED lamps, which serve the dual purpose of imparting technical knowledge and entrepreneurship among the beneficiaries.
But what is more interesting to note is that these lamps are made by a group of high school graduates and housewives of the Kalkaji/Govindpuri slum area at the NGO, Shanti Sahyog.
“With much enthusiasm, the lampreuners reflect that developing skills in clean technology and creative design to produce a new-age product, which provides independent income, is what they find unique and motivating about the initiative,” the Hindu College said in a statement.