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Low voltage? Solar pumps will save the day for villages in India

According to reports, low voltage power supply has long been a perennial problem in some of the more remote villages of Rajnandgaon. Within deep forested areas hit by Maoist violence, villagers are already beset with many troubles and very often, water woes become the last straw to break the camel’s back.

However, all this may soon end now, as the State Government has installed solar-powered pumps and handpumps in 15 villages.

Public health engineering department (PHED) executive engineer Rajesh Gupta broke the good news to District Collector Ashok Agarwal at a meeting on Wednesday.

The Collector was, at the Collectorate, reviewing progress of work under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, along with PHED officials and district coordinators of the campaign.

He noted Rajnandgaon was credited with receiving the first Nirmal Gram Puraskar (Nirmal Gram Award) in Chhattisgarh. Till now, 93 village panchayats of the district had been awarded with this by the President of India. The campaign had been launched since April 1 under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, added Gupta.

Agarwal also directed that a chemical test for water and chlorination be carried out for all land water schemes.

He said officials must ensure that all homes covering 2,173 families in 62 village panchayats proposed to make them clean under the District Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and have toilets of prescribed standards constructed. The Collector added that construction of toilets in all schools and anganwadis was also a must.

Agarwal stressed on beautification of schools and buildings as an example for students to inculcate the habit of maintaining proper hygiene.

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