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Maharashtra: Farmers to apply for solar power pumps online

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The state government discontinued providing solar-powered agriculture pumps to farmers via district-level committee. Instead, the applicants have been asked to register online through MSEDCL website.

“As per the government decision, the district-level committee, headed by the district collector, has now been relieved of the responsibility of selecting the beneficiaries for the distribution of solar pumps. The work has now been alloted to the superintendent engineer,” chief engineer of MSEDCL Nashik zone, BK Janvir, said. 

The state government has planned to provide solar-powered pumps to farmers. It will provide enough power to lift water and the farmer doesn’t have to pay for it. 

“A farmer has to pay only 10 per cent of the estimated cost of the pump and the MSEDCL will install the same through its authorised contractor,” superintendent engineer, Nashik, Praveen Daroli said. 

The scheme is open to all the applicants including those who have paid for the connections and are waiting for their turn, as well as those who had booked under the High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS). 

“The primary condition to be eligible for the scheme is that the applicant should not have any kind of conventional power connectivity previously. Besides, the source of the water should belong to the applicant. When these conditions are fulfilled, the SE will sanction the connection. The consumer can choose the approved contractor for the job. Once approved, the MSEDCL is responsible for ensuring that the connection is set up within a fortnight,” Sandeep Darwade, Malegaon SE, said. 

The applications have been sought via the website: The MSEDCL has already asked its staff to collect maximum numbers of applications before January 31, a senior official said. 

The officers have been asked to select the farmers as per the criteria and announce the list of beneficiaries before January 31. The first round of installations has to start in the first week of February. 

As per norms, 3hp (horse power) pumpset has to be installed for farmland less than 5 acre and 5hp pumpset for bigger farms. The MSEDCL has been given a target of installing around 3,000 pumpsets in the Nashik zone.

Author: Sustainability Outlook Desk