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ATAL JYOTI YOJANA – 2.72 Lakh Solar Street Lights installed – Union Power & New and Renewable Energy (NRE) Minister Mr. R. K. Singh

Atal Jyoti Yojana (AJAY) was introduced by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on September 20, 2016, with the primary goal of providing solar street lighting systems for public usage at various sites to enhance the quality of life, safety, and security.

According to the Union Power & New and Renewable Energy (NRE) Minister Mr. R. K. Singh, over 1.37 lakh solar streetlights have reportedly been installed under AJAY Phase-II, against a sanction of about 1.50 lakh lights.

AJAY Phase-I covered the Parliament Constituencies of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh. Phase II of AJAY was subsequently launched in December 2018. AJAY Phase-II coverage comprised Parliament Constituencies of the states covered in AJAY Phase-I, Hill States/UTs, North-Eastern States, Island UTs, and more. In April 2020, the AJAY Phase-II was completed.

The AJAY Phase-II programme encompassed ten aspirational districts in Chhattisgarh, including Korba, Mahasamund, Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Sukma, Kankerand, and Rajnandgaon, with solar streetlights installed in Kondagaon, Kanker, and Rajnandgaon.

The total number of Solar streetlights (SSLs) installed under the AJAY Phase-I and Phase-II are 1,35,393 in 107 districts and 1,37,226 in 150 districts.

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.