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Solar water project for tribals

Solar water project for tribals

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Bala Vikasa, a Kazipet based NGO, which has been at the forefront in introducing innovative projects like Any Time Water (ATWs) kiosks, has come up with another new initiative of setting up a solar based water project for the benefit of tribal people in Agency area in the district.

As part of its community development initiative, it has launched solar power based community water project for tribal families in Karlai village, Kothaguda Agency area on Tuesday, which will supply tap water to 60 poor tribal families suffering due to lack of access to water.

Executive Director of Bala Vikasa, Singareddy Shoury Reddy, who inaugurated the project amid celebrations by the residents of Karlai, said that the community members are very excited to receive tap water in their homes through the solar power project. The tribal families thanked Bala Vikasa and its donor Frank Water Projects, London, for the initiative.

The project is designed to supply water to the remotest habitations in the Agency areas of Telangana. The project makes use of borewells, overhead tanks, distribution pipelines, individual family taps and 3.5 KV solar panels to run 3 HP submersible pumps. Each of this project costs about Rs 6 lakh.

He announced that Patimeedha Gumpu in Gudur mandal and Perakala kunta in Mangapeta mandal will have similar projects before the end of April.

Bala Vikasa has been implementing special programmes for the benefit of tribal communities for the last two years. It has reached out to 80 villages in six districts through different types of projects such as overhead tanks, ground level tanks, direct distribution pipeline, hand pumps etc. Solar water pumps are a new initiative to improve the project’s efficiency.

Village sarpanch Sarakka, Bala Vikasa project coordinator Madhusudhan Reddy and other local leaders were present at the programme.

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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