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Bancha, the First Solar Kitchen only Village in India

Published on June 10, 2019
Bancha in Betul district in Madhya Pradesh is the first village in India to have zero wooden stoves and almost no use for LPG cylinders with all its 75 houses relying on solar-powered stoves to meet their cooking needs.
Bancha, the First Solar Kitchen only Village in India

Details:

  • There are places in India where solar plates are used sporadically for cooking, but with the help of a team from IIT Mumbai, a special solar stove was developed.
  • No trees are cut by the villagers now for lighting their stoves.
  • The Central government's decision to choose Bancha has changed has set an example which can be replicated to make other villages smoke and pollution free.
  • Villages can now cook their meals within half an hour and that too without the tension of smoke.
  • They also don't have to go anymore to the jungles for picking twigs and branches for the wooden stoves.
  • This is a big development which has changed the lives of children and women across the village.
  • The project of installing solar power plates, batteries and stoves in all the 75 houses was started in September 2017 and got completed by December 2018.

Question:

Q. Which village of Madhya Pradesh has become the first village in India to have zero wooden stoves and almost no use for LPG cylinders with all its 75 houses relying on solar-powered stoves to meet their cooking needs?
a. Kewlajhir
b. Bancha
c. Baretha
d. Chilkapur
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