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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Two Andhra villages - Toorputallu and Pedhamyanavanilanka to run completely on solar power

In a first of its kind of green development initiative, two Andhra villages, Toorputallu and Pedhamyanavanilanka will be electrified completely on solar power from this year.

"These will be the first two villages in the country to be run 100 per cent on solar power," said Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who has adopted these two villages under the Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY)
Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY)is a rural development programme broadly focusing upon the development in the villages which includes social development, cultural development and spread motivation among the people on social mobilization of the village community

The programme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayanan on October 11,2014.

The distinct feature of this Yojana is that it is (a) demand driven (b) inspired by society (c) based on people's participation.

Key objectives of the Yojana include:
  1. The development of model villages, called Adarsh Grams, through the implementation of existing schemes, and certain new initiatives to be designed for the local context, which may vary from village to village.
  2. Creating models of local development which can be replicated in other villages.

No new funds are allocated to this Yojana and funds may be raised through :
  1. Funds from existing schemes, such as the Indira Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, and Backward Regions Grant Fund, etc.,
  2. The Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS),
  3. The gram panchayat’s own revenue,
  4. Central and State Finance Commission Grants, and
  5. Corporate Social Responsibility funds.

A 2 MW solar power plant will be developed by a private entity and the power generated by the plant will be bought by Andhra Pradesh discom APEPDCL.
"Pedhamyanavanilanka & Toorputallu (Andhra). Serving PM Shri @narendramodi's call for use of solar power," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted.

As per the proposal, the district administration has earmarked the required land and APEPDCL has consented to buy power from the developer. The solar plant will be completed by August 2016. The plant would also generate substantial income for the village, 60 paise per unit.

The SAGY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is an ambitious village development project under which each Member of Parliament will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019.

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