National Aluminium Company (Nalco) has decided to install solar electrification systems in 163 periphery villages in tribal dominated Damanjodi sector of Odisha’s Koraput district, where the company’s Mines & Refinery Complex is located.
The Rs 9-crore project would be executed through Nalco Foundation, the CSR arm of the company. The Foundation has already installed 30 solar street lights in 2 villages, as a pilot project, a company release said today.
Besides, Nalco has also received proposals from local sarpanchs, MLAs, MPs and District Administration to take up different projects towards the infrastructure development in the villages around Damanjodi and Pottangi.
In this line, Nalco is planning to implement 49 projects at a cost of Rs 15.83 crore in the first phase. In the second phase, 32 projects shall be implemented with an estimated cost of Rs 24.33 crore, it said.
Nalco has also proved to be an active partner in implementing the Swachh Bharat and Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan.
The company has constructed 473 toilets in 224 schools of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, out of which 172 toilets have been constructed in 85 schools of Koraput district, it said.
In healthcare, besides its own hospital, the company is operating 4 mobile health units in Damanjodi area through Nalco Foundation, in association with Wockhardt Foundation of Mumbai to cater to the daily healthcare requirements of the people in 163 periphery villages and adjoining hamlets, free of cost.