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msedcl fails to meet even half of solar farm pump target | nagpur news - times of india

by:NULITE     2019-09-20
Nagpur: Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule hopes to convert all agricultural pumps into solar energy by 2025.
However, MSEDCL does not seem to take his vision seriously.
So far, it has installed only 5,637 pumps for 12,957 applications, which means 43. 5%.
This is the figure at the end of July.
At the end of February, this figure was 5,237.
This means that only 400 pumps have been installed in MSEDCL within five months.
Bawankule launched a pilot project last year to provide farmers with 10,000 solar water pumps by December 2017.
MSEDCL is not even able to achieve this, let alone meet the new application after December.
A Discom spokesman acknowledged that the company failed to meet its target but promised better results under the new plan.
According to the project, 30% of the cost of water pumps will be borne by the central government, and 5% will be borne by the state government and beneficiary farmers.
The remaining 60% will be approved by means of a bank loan, which MSEDCL will repay in installments at a later date.
According to the plan, the state government pays a subsidy of Rs 2 per unit to keep farmers\' electricity bills at Rs 3 per unit.
If farmers turn to solar power, the government will not have to pay any more, the sources said.
The MSEDCL is in the process of installing six types of EDM pumps.
We offer 3 horsepower pumps (HP), 5 HP and 7.
5 HP capacity, respectively.
We have AC and EDM pumps for all this capacity.
The farmer must choose the type of pump he wants and pay their 5% share accordingly.
One official said the share ranged from rs15000 to rs22000.
Bawankule has been talking about replacing lakhs of traditional agricultural pumps with solar pumps because it is a win-win situation
Won for farmers, MSEDCL and the state government.
At that time, many farmers did not pay electricity bills to MSEDCL, raising them to 17 rupees, and the shift from traditional pumps to solar pumps would make power companies more profitable, sources said.
In addition, farmers have no electricity supply every day.
As demand at night drops, they get electricity at night.
This is a major cause of resentment between them.
Solar water pumps will enable them to get the necessary power during the day, the source said.
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