Amasebailu in Kundapura Taluk of Udupi district has become Karnataka’s first solar-powered Gram Panchayat. Amasebailu Charitable Trust President A G Kodgi has said that the solar lamps have a guarantee of five years and any faulty lamps will be replaced by the supplier within the guarantee period.
Over 1800 houses were provided solar lamps at a total cost of 2.13 crore rupees. The project was funded by Centre and State Government in the ratio of 30:20 and the rest was paid by the Panchayat and charitable organizations.
The contract made with Selco company for the establishment of the project. The solar lamps have a guarantee of up to five years The population is around 3000. The installation cost of one solar lamp lies around Rs. 5000 but they were given to household at a subsidized rate of Rs. 1500.