GUWAHATI, March 23 � In an innovative endeavour aimed at illuminating the houses of the poor engulfed in darkness, My City Initiatives-Guwahati, World Vision India in collaboration with Techniche, an organization run by the students of IIT Guwahati for the cause of promoting innovative entrepreneurial initiatives and social welfare, has installed �sunlight reflected water bottles,� on roofs to lit the houses at Bhutnath area recently.
When this bottle with distilled water is fitted in the roof, the sun light gets reflected through the bottle making the dark room brighter. In this connection, Techniche of Guwahati IIT took the expertise as well as manpower of My Shelter Foundation India, an NGO based in Hyderabad.
It needs to be mentioned here that a team of experts from My Shelter Foundation along with Techniche volunteers and the project staff installed the innovative system in four houses initially. The team also made a demonstration to the people so that they can fix this and can lit their dark rooms through this technique.
For this purpose an empty plastic bottle of 1.5- 2 litre has to be filled with distilled water and mixed with little bleaching powder to kill bacteria. A hole in the size of the diameter of the bottle is made in the slanting roof in the direction of sun movements, then half the length of the bottle is put under the slanting roof and the upper side of the bottle remains outside. Then a piece of square tin with a bottle size hole is fixed on the roof top and is sealed with adhesive to prevent water leakage. When the sunlight falls on the upper portion of the bottle then through reflection the lower portion of the bottle inside the room gets brightened and brings brightness to the dark room.
�The beneficiaries of these lights were very happy to get such reflective lights. Now they can do all activities in the dark room during day time. They said, previously they had to spend money through electric bulb to make visible these dark rooms, but now with no cost they are benefitted,� said a functionary of My City Initiatives-Guwahati.