About 30 Chenchugudems in the district are without power supply
The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) on Tuesday launched a pilot scheme in Yerragondapalem by providing 200 solar lanterns to primitive tribal people in the Nallamala forests in an effort to improve their living condition.
As many as 30 Chenchugudems in the district are without power supply in view of difficult terrain. Many of them are located in the tiger sanctuary with laying underground cables being the only solution.
Providing 200 solar lights to interior villages, at a programme in Yerragondapalem, IRCS General Secretary C. Umamaheswara Rao said “IRCS is ready to give solar lights to all the chenchugudas in the state based on success of pilot scheme.''
Dr Ch Chalamaiah, who had extensively visited the tribal hamlets in the district to study the condition of tribal people and provide health and community care, said the “IRCS is committed to provide 1,000 solar lanterns in phases in the district and 40 solar street lights in 18 interior villages.''
Noting that in spite of best efforts basic needs of tribal people remained unmet, Yerragondapalem MLA A. Suresh expressed concern over Chenchus population coming down over a period with Malaria accounting for most of deaths.
District Collector and IRCS District President Kantilal Dande informed that 60 Education Centres would start functioning from the new academic year in the ‘Chenchugudas' in the mandals of Yerragondapalem, Pullalacheruvu and Dronala Prakasam district to ensure nutritious food to children and ensure easy learning by children.
Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) Project Officer Alok Kumar said interior roads would be laid at a cost of Rs. 32 crore for the benefit of tribal people.
Non-conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited(NEDCAP) Executive Engineer M. Chandrasekar Reddy said the NEDCAP provided a subsidy of Rs. 900 on each of the solar lights which could glow for 13 to 14 hours after recharge every day.
The solar panel had a life of 10 years, he added.