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Solar power set to irrigate 200 acres

Solar power set to irrigate 200 acres

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Minister switches on one of the pumpsets; tribal farmers to benefit

A renewable energy project envisaging use of solar power to irrigate 200 acre agricultural lands of tribal farmers belonging to various tribal habitations under the Bangaru Chelka Gram Panchayat in Lakshmidevipalli mandal has become operational on Monday.

As many as 90 solar powered pumpsets had been sanctioned to the tribal farmers’ groups at an estimated cost of Rs. 4.72 crore under the Indira Jala Prabha scheme.

Eco-friendly project

One of the solar powered pumpsets installed as part of the eco-friendly project was formally switched on by Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Jupally Krishna Rao at a function held in Bangaru Chelka on Monday.

Kothagudem MLA Jalagam Venkat Rao and other elected representatives of the local bodies were present.

Pat for tribal farmers

The Minister lauded the initiative taken by the tribal farmers’ groups to harness the inextinguishable solar energy to irrigate their agricultural lands in adherence to cooperative spirit.

The Minister appreciated Mr. Venkat Rao, who played an instrumental role in giving a concrete shape to the eco-friendly project immensely beneficial to tribal farmers of the remote habitations.

Earlier, the Minister participated in several development activities in Sujathnagar mandal. Mr Krishna Rao inaugurated the newly constructed gram panchayat building in Singabhoopalam village and reviewed the implementation of the works taken up under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

Source: thehindu
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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