Oil India Limited rolls out solar power plant for eco-tourism project

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PSU energy firm Oil India today inaugurated a 40 KW solar power plant, which will supply electricity to an eco-tourism project in Dibrugarh district.

“Utpal Bora, Chairman and Managing Director, Oil India Limited, inaugurated a 40 KW solar power plant in Sasoni Merbeel Eco-Tourism Project, which has been provided by OIL under the company’s CSR initiatives,” the firm said in a statement.

OIL had sanctioned a financial package of Rs one crore, which included assistance to the solar power plant, 13 pedal boats, a four-wheeler, two eco-friendly green vehicles, construction of jetty and a bio digester plant for sewage disposal, it said.

Complementing Sasoni Merbeel Eco Tourism Development Committee for its efforts in conservation of the Merbeel, Bora said OIL was always committed to such meaningful environment preservation and community development initiatives.

The Sasoni Merbeel Eco Tourism Project is located in the heart of the operational area of OIL, around 20 kms from its field headquarter at Duliajan in Dibrugarh.

Merbeel is an ox-bow lake at Naharkatia and covers an area of around 1,550 bighas, including an island of around 933 bighas.

Within 2 kms from the island, there is another wetland called Gudhabeel, which is home to several varieties of local and migratory birds.

The wetland is also famous for endangered species of fresh water turtles and various other aquatic life forms.

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