In a move to boost the agriculture in the state, the TDP government will distribute some two lakh energy efficient pump sets (motors) costing about Rs 50,000 each to farmers free of cost. These pump sets will be replacing the old and existing ones now being used by Andhra Pradesh farmers and this is expected to save 400 million units of energy per annum.
Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has directed officials to adopt a five-pronged strategy to implement the scheme. “This is a pro-farmer government and nothing more is important to us than the welfare of the farming community. Apart from saving energy, installation of these energy efficient motors free of cost would benefit the farmers immensely. Farmers would be relieved of the burden of the operational and maintenance costs associated with these pump sets for five years,” the CM said.
As per the TDP Facebook Page, the highlights of the program include
* Centre will provide Rs 5,000 crore to the state government to distribute the pump sets under the AgDSMP through New Delhi-based Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL)
* A Pilot programme has been launched in Rajanagaram mandal of East Godavari under the APEPDCL wherein about 2,500 existing pump sets are being replaced by EESL at a cost of Rs 20 crore
* A minimum of 25% energy savings can be achieved after replacing the pump sets
Energy department principal secretary Ajay Jain said the Chief Minister has directed them to initiate short and long term measures to make the scheme a grand success. “At present, a pilot programme is under implementation in the Rajanagaram mandal of East Godavari district, wherein about 2,500 existing pump sets are being replaced with Energy Efficient Pump sets (EEPS) at a cost of Rs 20 crore. So far, about 292 pumps have been replaced and an increase of discharge by 15 per cent and a minimum of 25 per cent energy savings are being observed,” he said.