CITYLAB: Mapping India’s Electricity Deserts

A project uses satellite imagery to show how access to power has improved in villages across the country.

Cow dung and Kerosene lamps. That’s how many of the 200 million-plus Indians who live without electricity generate light and heat in their homes. The number of such households has decreased during the last 20 years, but large swathes of rural land in the country remain stuck in darkness, a mapping project by the University of Michigan and the World Bank shows.

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