Tsewang RigzinLEH: Director (Research & Development), Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Dr. S.S.V Rama Kumar inaugurated a pilot study of indoor solar cooking at Stok village in Leh in presence of Dr. Deepak Saxena, ED (LT), Dr. Umish Srivastva CGM (SE&IA), villagers of Stok and other senior officials of Indian Oil Punjab State Office. Leh LPG bottling plant and Sun Bucket team from USA also graced the ceremony of the solar cooking system pilot study. Indian Oil claims to be the first oil company in India to have taken up the challenge thrown by Prime Minister of India for pilot studying a low cost indoor solar cooking solution for lower strata of Indian society. “The system developed and being pilot launched by R&D Centre can cater the requirement of full range of Indian cooking for family of four persons and it is portable and can be safely used for cooking indoors or outdoors. The cooker requires no fossil fuels and it can also be operated as electric room heater as well,” Dr. S.S.V Rama Kumar said, adding that once charged, the unit is covered and stored until needed for cooking, then the cover is removed and the unit is immediately ready to use. The pilot project will be studies for a period two months and once found successful, it will be made available for interested household on a reasonable price. A consecration ceremony prayer was also performed by a Buddhist monk.
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