Sachin Tendulkar bats for solar, plays straight drive by lighting up rural areas in India


Just three solar-powered LEDs can put a smile on people’s face in rural areas of India, where electricity is a scarce commodity.

Zuleqa Bano demonstrated her LED lights in Sachin Tendulkar’s presence, the world-famous cricketer who had visited Zuleqa’s small abode at Barabanki’s Badagaon village in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday afternoon, ET EnergyWorld reported.

While demonstrating the efficacy of the solar-powered lighting, Bano quoted that “Ek Chota sa chirag tha jo bas raat mein jalta tha, aur ab suraj aa gaya hai gharpe” (A flickering lamp was burnt in the night and now we have sun at home)” .

After retiring from cricket, where he is considered one of the best players ever, the Tendulkar is now involved in social work, and often that which is focused on the development of India’s rural sector.

Tendulkar has now collaborated with Schneider Electric India for its ‘Spreading happiness in Diya foundation’ campaign, which aims to install solar home lighting systems in many thousands of rural households.

On Wednesday, Tendulkar visited a village near Lucknow, where the beneficiaries of the campaign were eager to see him. He was quoted saying: “In Uttar Pradesh, we have provided solar power to around 16,000 households and our aim is to reach 25,000 households by 2020.”

He also mentioned how, after adapting a village in Andhra Pradesh, he worked to get power for them, which brought immense change in people’s lives


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