An 18-year-old Lucknow girl is set to become a saviour for a village which has been facing acute power pangs for years.
Meet Mrinalini Mitra, who has been chosen by the Davis Projects for Peace Foundation of the US to spearhead a solar power distribution project, ‘Savera’, using an indigenously designed micro- controller device, in Poore Pandey village in Rae Bareli district.
The project will provide for installation of a 60 watt solar panel that would be sufficient to provide 12 hours of electricity to run a fan or an LED bulb and a mobile charging point in each house in the village. It is expected to take off in June this year.
What’s more, under this scheme each beneficiary will be required to pay Rs 5 per day for a year. This would create a corpus of fund that would be used for maintenance of the battery. “Savera aims to provide solar energy through a sustainable model and more importantly an expandable model,” says Mrinalini.
Mrinalini was the only Indian girl to be selected under the ‘Davis Peace Project’ by the foundation. She was awarded 10,000 dollar prize money besides figuring on the list of young achievers. She was also chosen by the foundation to spearhead ‘Savera.’
It is the prize money that will be used to bring solar power to this UP village, which Mrinalini had visited a year ago for a function. During her stay, she was shocked to discover see there was no electricity despite the village have power connection.
She was told frequent power outages and trippings were a norm here. The situation was so bad that villagers were forced to walk for miles to get their mobile charged in shops, for which they were charged by the shopkeepers.
She now hopes ‘Savera’ would prove to be a turning point for villagers in this hamlet. The sentiments were echoed by her father AK Mitra, a senior bureaucrat. “This would also motivate people to go in for solar power, which is also clean energy. The success of the project could also pave way for its implementation on a much larger scale, and even across the state,” said Mitra.
An alumnus of City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar and GD Goenka Public school, Mrinalini is now in first year at Denison University, Ohio, USA and is doing a double major in political science and philosophy. She was awarded the Founders Scholarship while being offered admission at Denison University last year.
Mrinalini has also authored a book “Belief”. Besides, she is a painter, poet, and pianist as well. “Mrinalini has achieved much, very early on in life but I still find her firmly rooted to reality. Apart from achieving top grades, publishing a book, and having held an exhibition of her paintings, she was also actively involved in social work,” said Raveen Pande, principal of GD Goenka Public School, Lucknow.