ITDA shows the way in solar water pumping, illumination

  • BVS Bhaskar
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Programmes executed in Agency hostels with funds from MPLads

Solar water pumping in Rampachodavaram.PHOTO: S. RAMBABU
Solar water pumping in Rampachodavaram.PHOTO: S. RAMBABU

When the state government is trying its best to push solar-based power as an immediate alternative to overcome the present power crisis, the ITDA, Rampachodavaram has already shown the way in taking up solar based pumping system and illumination in its hostels with the help of MPLads. The success story is not only yielding best results, but also encouraged the officials to take up solar system with Rs.14 crore in all the tribal welfare ashram and residential hostels in the Agency in coming two years.

The ITDA has identified three tribal welfare hostels in Singampalli in Rajavommangi, Boduluru in Maredumilli and K. Yerrampalem in Rampachodavaram mandals, where there was an acute water shortage and serious power crisis. Project Officer of ITDA C. Nagarani and Executive Engineer N. Muralikrishna prepared a proposal for setting up solar photovoltaic module power generation systems in these three hostels and approached T. Ratnabai, Rajya Sabha member from Rampachodavaram. She readily agreed to give Rs.30 lakh from her MPLads with which the engineers erected 3 plants each at Rs.10 lakh in the hostels.

According to Mr. Murali Krishna, Executive Engineer, they have erected submersible pumps with German technology which will have a controller. Whenever there is depletion of the water levels, the motor will switch off automatically and it will work after the water level increases.

All the three pumps are working without any trouble and one of the hostels is getting power for illumination along with water, which is connected to RO plant.

ITDA P.O. Nagarani said that they had drafted a plan to erect solar system in all 91 hostels including 59 ashram schools, 20 residential hostels, and 12 tribal welfare residential schools.

In first phase they will take up 14 girls hostels where they will give solar water pumping system and illumination connections with different panels and also hot water during winter and rainy seasons. In the second and third phases the ITDA will cover the remaining hostels. “It will take about two years from now to complete the project and we are seeking the help of Tribal Welfare department and other government and non-government agencies to augment Rs.14 crore for the solar systems,” Ms. Nagarani said.

She also said that ITDA officials would consult NEDCAP and other agencies, which would give subsidy to this project.

  • Three solar plants costing Rs 10 lakh each set up in the hostels

  • New proposals at a cost of Rs 14 crore prepared

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