The project is part of an effort to keep the sun shining at night in this Sundarban village.
WWF India Chapter).
The Tipligheri Village, Gosaba, is located in the South 24 Parganas of West Bengal, nestled within the broad Sundarban delta area. It is located about 100 km from Kolkata and connected by 70 km of road followed by 30 km of waterway. Remote in its habitat, rural in its means and unstable in its inclement weather patterns, the area has remained virtually isolated and without transmission lines to provide conventional grid electricity. The solar charging station, installed by Suncraft Energy, establishes a means to harness solar power and thereby a change in livelihood to the tribal households in the vicinity. At this stage, the charging station is capable of providing battery power to 95 households.
Sundarbans is a cluster of low-lying islands in the Bay of Bengal, spread across India and Bangladesh, famous for its unique mangrove forests. Lying in the low coastal zone makes this region more vulnerable to floods, earthquakes, cyclones, sea-level rise and coastline erosion. This active delta region is among the largest in the world, measuring about 40,000 sq. km. and is home to a dense population of human beings along with many rare and globally threatened wildlife species such as the Estuarine Crocodile, Royal Bengal Tiger, Water Monitor Lizard, Gangetic Dolphin, Olive Ridley Turtle. WWF-India has been working in the Sundarbans since the launch of Project Tiger in 1973 to enhance environmental awareness, develop education initiatives and invest in tiger landscape conservation.