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Solar power for 57 tribal hamlets in Andhra Pradesh

According to reports, Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) has identified 57 tribal hamlets for execution of a solar power project. Tenders have been called for installing solar panels for supply of power against the backdrop of the tribal agitation for electrification of their villages in Ananthagiri mandal. Hundreds of families living in 98 tribal hamlets in Ananthagiri mandal in the district have been agitating for electrification of their habitations for quite a few years. Most of the hamlets are located in inaccessible hilly terrains with no possibility to connect to the power grid.

The Ananthagiri mandal committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) which is spearheading the agitation, even staged a dharna at the office of the APEPDCL in the city on Monday. People from 48 tribal hamlets in the mandal participated.

There are 15 villages in Painampadu panchayat, 8 villages in Rompilli panchayat, 7 in Pedakota panchayat, 6 villages each in Jeenabadu, Kivarla and Pinakota panchayats and 4 villages each in Lungaparthy, Peddabidda and N.R.Puram panchayats which do not have electricity, says K. Govinda Rao, CPI(M) district committee member.

APEPDCL director (operations) H.Y. Dora said that 57 villages which are located in hilly terrains and not accessible to the cable lines of the power grid will be supplied solar power shortly. Already tenders have been called for, for the Rs.16.94 crore solar power project in the ITDA Paderu limits. Works would soon begin after the finalisation of tenders, he added.

Proposals for another 87 un-electrified habitations with an estimated cost of Rs.12.44 crore had been submitted to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) through NEDCAP for sanction under Rural Village Electrification (RVE) programme. Similarly, electrification proposals for 250 more habitations had been sent to the Rural Electrification Corporation at an estimated cost of Rs.20.22 crore for sanction under Rajiv Gandhi Grameena Vidyudeekarana Yojana.

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