Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: Work was apace on electrifying all the tribal hamlets in the NiIgiris. Stating this to reporters at Kotagiri on Tuesday the Project Director, Hill Area Development Programme (HADP), C. Samayamoorthy, said before the distribution of free television sets commenced on September 15, all the tribal houses would be equipped with power kits.

Out of 581 tribal hamlets 124 were not having power. 8,367 tribal families would be given TV sets. Since the tribal population was high in Pandhalur and surroundings as many as 2,445 sets would be distributed there.

Remote places

In remote places where cable connections cannotbe provided, the authorities concerned have taken steps to install dish antennas. Clearance had been sought from the forest and railway authorities to take cables through their areas.

Pointing out that under the HADP, production of vermicompost was being encouraged, he said that various categories of promoters would be given subsidy ranging between Rs. 40,000 and 1.5 lakh.

Earlier, Mr. Samayamoorthy and other officials inspected various HADP-funded schemes including a green house for cultivating flowers at Kerben, a solid waste management project at Kotagiri and group houses at Thavitamedu.