With conventional power not available in remote areas, the government is preparing to implement solar energy-based pipe water supply scheme, a government of India-assisted scheme, in 18 of Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts.

In the current fiscal, 3,217 habitations have been identified under the scheme which has been designed in line with the Ground Water Survey and Development Agency of Maharashtra.

The Central government is implementing an ambitious pipe water supply scheme for rural pockets in the 12th Five Year Plan.

“Normally the existing hand pump cannot draw water from the depth of more than 120 Ft. Hence becomes unusable when water level goes down. This scheme will be suitable for these areas also. In this system, water is drawn from a borewell by two methods -- traditional hand pump method and an addition pump which can run on solar or conventional electricity by using a specially-designed water chamber. This scheme is based on readymade material and can be installed in a short time span (within three days),” said an official in Rural Development Department.

Funds sanctioned

According to sources, in the first phase, the scheme will cover as many as 1,762 habitations for which Rs. 35.94 crore has been earmarked by the Centre. Another sanction of Rs. 53.91 crore will be made from the National Rural Drinking Water Programme taking the total funds availability for the first phase to Rs. 89.86 crore.

Mayurbhanj would have the highest allocation with 376 schemes, while Koraput and Keonjhar follow with sanctioned 258 and 230 schemes respectively. Per unit cost of installation has been estimated at Rs. 5.10 lakh. Total funds required to complete 3217 habitations will be Rs.164.06 crore.

The scheme to be implemented in 18 Integrated Action Plan districts

3,217 habitations have been identified in the current fiscal

1,762 habitations to be covered in the first phase