Most of the villages in Himachal Pradesh are connected with HPSEB power grid, except for some of the very remote localities where it was not possible to provide electricity due to high altitude, lengthy transmission lines and inaccessible approach. To electrify such left out localities was a formidable and extremely challenging but a noble task. Foundation made its humble contribution to electrify following localities in the state, in this regard:
i) Bara Bhangal: Bara Bhangal Panchayat in Distt. Kangra is situated in a very remote locality, which remains cut off from rest of the world for more than six months. The area is surrounded by high snow clad peaks and inhabited by tribal people. It is inaccessible during winter. Even during summers, one has to walk for more than 75 km to reach Bara Bhangal. The arduous trek passes through dense forests, high snow peaks and steep valleys and goes over the formidable 15000 feet high Thamsar Pass. During winter temperature falls to below -30 degree Celsius. Locals use fuel wood chopping of deodar and other conifers for heating and also for lighting purposes. The area is land locked and has no connectivity. Keeping in view these insurmountable constraints, the Foundation decided to provide free electricity to these inhabitants of Bara Bhangal by constructing a stand-alone micro hydel Power project catering exclusively to their needs. The task was not only tedious but cost-intensive as well. The Foundation constructed this project free of cost in one of the most hostile conditions. Free of cost Hydro Power Electricity by Foundation has thus been benefiting about 800 people. Besides erecting local transmission line, the Foundation also provided wiring inside the houses .
ii) Titang: In the entire district of Kinnaur, HPSEB transmission line of 22 KV runs parallel to the Satluj River. During winters, most of the transmission lines get damaged due to avalanches, landslides and rock slides. During summer and rainy season also when discharge of water in the Satluj River and its tributaries increases due to fast melting of snow, poles get damaged due to flash flooding. Consequently the local tribal population is deprived of sustained and quality support of electrical energy, more so during winters when they need it most.
No private company/firm/individual or commercial organization so far ventured to put up a micro hydroelectric power project in such remote/tribal areas where local people are facing energy crisis. The climatic conditions are harsh, temperatures down as low as -30 degree C and local people have no option but to use fuel wood, coal, kerosene oil, petroleum products and other bio-mass based fuels to meet their energy requirements. The Foundation decided to execute Titang Micro Hydel Project in such a remote area with the prime objective to serve the tribal population. The Foundation has also distributed room heaters and cooking heaters to the local villagers. It took loan to execute this project to the tune of Rs. 3.35 crore from IREDA and HP State Co-operative Bank Ltd. Although the project continues to incur losses year after year for the last 16 years, the Foundation is operating and maintaining it for the fulfillment of the energy requirements of this remote area.
iii) Toss Village: The management of the Foundation decided to provide free of cost energy to the villagers of Toss which is located in the remote area of district Kullu. Foundation continues to provide free electricity to 148 dwelling units in Toss village. It has been making payment to HPSEBL on account of energy bills of the local residents. Toss is the remotest village in the Manikaran valley located at an altitude of 2500 mtr above Mean Sea Level.
iv) Kunnu and Charang Villages: Kunnu and Charang are two villages of Kinnaur district, which even today are considered to be the most inaccessible and backward villages. Their backwardness is primarily due to the inaccessibility of the area and even today people have to walk for more than 15 kilometers to reach the habitation. The villagers have not been provided assured facility of electrification accompanied by conventional transmission lines. The Foundation has constructed Kunnu Charang Micro Hydel Power Project through its own resources as a charitable activity to electrify this remote locality. In the meantime, the HPSEBL has extended its LT line to the locality.
v) Saichu Valley: The inhabitants of this valley are poor therefore the management of the foundation decided to provide free electricity. Till recently the Foundation was supplying free electricity to the 452 houses in Saichu, Chasak, Soon, Hillour, Hillin Twan, Udeen, Dhanalaand Sahli. For the last 15 years the Foundation released the payment on account of energy bills to HIMURJA from its own resources. Saichu valley is one of the remotest valleys in the Pangi Sub division of District Chamba (H.P.)