Eight villages to have solar lamps

Staff Reporter

They will be provided at houses and on streets

NAMAKKAL: The district administration will install as many as 432 solar-powered lamps in houses and 20 in streets in eight villages in the district, Collector G. Sundarmurthi said.

Participating at a meeting on renewable energy sources held here on Tuesday, he said that following villages have been selected for installing the lamps: Azhiya Nilai, Velikkadu, Salakkadu, Vazhkuzhipatti, Edalmalaikkadu, all in Kolli Hills Panchayat Union and Kedamalai, Keelur and Melur in Vennathur panchayat union.

He said that the electricity generated from the biomass gasifier plant at Kadachanallur panchayat was being utilised for operating motor pumps to supply water to the Taj Nagar area. This had helped the panchayat to save Rs. 3.85 lakh per annum towards electricity expenditure. The plant was installed at a cost of Rs. 23.69 lakh. Of which, Rs. 6 lakh was Government subsidy, he said.

He said that biogas plants functioning at Koonavelampatti Pudhur, Akkiyampatti and Chinna Muthalipatti villages were being used to supply electricity to the lamps and motor pumps in the sanitary complexes in the villages.

Biogas plants

Mr. Sundaramurthi said that the district administration was installing solar-powered lamps in panchayats instead of lamps using conventional sources of energy.

He appealed to the people in the villages to establish biogas plants for cooking instead of using the Liquefied Petroleum Gas. He also asked the people to go for non-conventional energy sources.

Schemes for farmers

Participating at a function organised to introduce the `Synd Jai Kisan' farm credit scheme of the Syndicate bank recently he said that the Government had introduced several schemes to assist the farmers.

They should approach the banks to obtain farm credit at lower interest rates. The Agriculture Department was having sufficient stock of seeds, he added.

Mr. Sundaramurthi distributed loans to the tune of Rs. 2.92 crore to 86 farmers under the scheme.