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Wind-solar energy projects best for Melghat Hills

According to reports, even if hilly Melghat has good potential for solar energy, heavy rain during monsoon makes solar energy projects ineffective. To tide over the crisis wind-solar energy projects can be the best solution for tribal-dominated region in Amravati district, said Maharashtra chief secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia. He, along with principal secretary (forest) Praveen Pardeshi and a battery of principal secretaries of various departments, was on a two-day tour of Melghat on Friday and Saturday.

During his visit to Nature Conservation Society, Amravati (NCSA), said the NCSA’s Muthwa centre has shown how wind-solar energy can be better utilized in Melghat, which otherwise faces a severe power shortage.

Member of the National Board for Wildlife and NCSA promoter Kishor Rithe showed Banthia various projects like how to curb grazing in forests, water and energy conservation, horticulture practices to curb man-animal conflict among NCSA’s other initiatives.

Rithe explained about the projects being implemented by NCSA in Melghat villages. Banthia was highly impressed by the man-made lake developed by the society at Muthwa. He called to promote ecotourism in the tribal belt with the help of locals.

Banthia and others examined NCSA’s water conservation works with the help of hanging wooden bridge, which has been developed for the first time here.

NCSA officers Kunal Patode, Rahul Kalmegh, animal husbandry officer Ravi Patil, nature education officer Ashok Athawale, Muthwa centre chief Nehru Yeole, Gajanan Shanware, Maroti Alokkar, and others were present.

Expressing his views in a review meeting called by Banthia at Semadoh, Rithe said the key to Melghat’s development lies in micro plans. Even after two PILs against malnutrition in the tribal region, problems have not been eliminated.

“Unless micro plans envisaging development with the support of other departments are not implemented significant results will not be achieved,” said Rithe. Although various government schemes have been changing the face of Melghat, much needs to be done, he said.

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