A nighttime map released by National Geographic, based on satellite imagery released by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has revealed that the Indian government’s rural electrification project and the renewable energy initiative have been immensely successful. The map, comparing satellite data from 2012 and 2016, reveals where the planet has dimmed or brightened.
“That India has brightened dramatically, as shown by all the blue in the image below, is also not a surprise. The country is home to more than its fair share of people living without electricity, and its government has been working to change that by establishing a rural electrification program and investing heavily in renewable energy. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the results are already easy to see on Nelson’s map.“, National Geographic mentioned in its report.
After coming to the power in May 2014, the current BJP government led by PM Narendra Modi has been on the mission to provide electricity to all cities and villages in India and this bright map is a result of that immense effort. Areas in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Uttrakhand are seen in blue, showing that the region that was earlier deprived of 24-hour power supply now has greater access to electricity.