Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme in Maharashtra to Provide Electricity to farmers

Published Date - 20 December 2017 08:08:52 Updated Date - 20 December 2017 08:11:43

The State government of Maharashtra is going to launch “Chief Minister Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme” or “Chief Minister Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana” in the state. Under the scheme, the government will provide solar feeders to ensure 12-hour power supply for agro pumps across the state. The objective of the scheme is to provide power to farmers for at least 12 hours a day at cheaper rates.

According to the notification, the government has informed that the earlier distribution of portable solar pumps had not worked out properly because of insufficient response from the farmers of the state. Therefore, the government is now planning solar power generation through small plants.

Initially, the solar power will be distributed to only dedicated feeders. Currently, the government is implementing solar power generation projects in Solapur and Latur on Public Private Partnership basis.

Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme

The farmers of the Maharashtra state will get cheap and assured electricity across the state through solar feeder scheme in next three years. Recently, the CM of Maharashtra performed the Bhumipujan (ground breaking ceremony) for first solar project under the ’Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder’ scheme at Ralegan Siddhi.

Moreover, the govt. is going to install the solar power plants to ensure continuous supply of electricity in all weather to the farmers. The farmers will get electricity at Rs. 1.20 per unit. The tender process for this scheme is completed and solar panels installation process of 500 MW will be completed by March 2018. Govt. will officially launch Chief Minister Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana in the month of April 2018.

The state government is going to obtain agricultural land from farmers on rent for the duration of 15 years for the installation of the solar power panels. Solar Power is a renewable source of energy and available at affordable rates. Therefore, government is giving more focus on setting up of solar panels across the state. The Chief Minister Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana will help in reducing input cost and enhance production of agriculture product.

The state government of Maharashtra has recently launched mahalabharthi.in portal where the state residents can check their eligibility for various schemes and details.

 

Launch details

This scheme was announced recently and already its first phase of application is in works. The government tender process is complete and they will install the solar panels by end of March 2018. This is why the scheme will also officially launch in the month of April in 2018.

Features of the scheme

  • Rent from farmersThe government will rent the farmers’ agricultural land for this purpose. At a time the land shall be rented for 15 years for installing the power panels.
  • Lower rate of electricity: With the installation of these units, the farmers will get great relief in their electric bill. The cost of electricity per unit will be Rs. 3 only.
  • Scheme in three years: In the next three years the government will give electricity across the state to all users – both poor and marginal farmers.
  • Agro-pumps to get 12 hour power supply: The scheme is specifically targeting to feed the agro-pumps and to give them uninterrupted 12 hour power supply.
  • Dedicated feeders to get the benefit: The solar powers are currently at the experimentation stage and they are being provided to the dedicated feeders only. Hence some units have set up in Latur and Solapur as of now.
  • 200 farmers get 1MW power: As per this scheme, nearly 200 farmers will get 1 MW solar power and 4000 additional farmers will get 20 MW solar power plants for their needs as well.
  • Installation completion: The government has already got the tender approved and therefore installation of 500 MW solar powers is on the way.

Benefits of the scheme                                                   

  • This scheme will help ease the problems of electric supply in the agricultural sector – especially to run the agro-feeders. The main target is to provide power at least 12 hours a day.
  • Since the prices of the electric supply system are cheaper, the farmers will be able to use them as production units at lesser costs. Hence it will boost the agricultural produce.
  • Solar Power is renewable, which makes it environment friendly. The farmers will utilize not just more energy, but sustainable source of energy which will go a long way.
  • At present the farmers suffer because there is an issue of interruption in agricultural works due to power cuts. This problem will be readily addressed when this scheme comes into effect.
  • The government had earlier proposed portable solar pumps to the farmers but that scheme did not get much attention. This is why this scheme will plant small solar power plants to address the problem.
  • The agricultural workers will have an extra source of income from the land they are renting out for this purpose. This will help them meet their lose ends.

Budget allocation                                         

At present the budget allocation for the scheme is not clear however, the Energy department already has Rs. 2500 crore due for street lights and Rs. 1200 crore due from the domestic consumers. The government is therefore looking to lower the costs of energy production through solar power plants, so that they can pay the residual amounts to the Energy department. The government may deduct the grants from the accounts of the local bodies for the same.

This is a very progressive scheme that will help not just save money on electric bills but also introduce a newer technology in the rural sector. The country will benefit immensely from the adoption of newer techniques that aids in agriculture because India’s economy is mostly agricultural. This scheme will take care of the energy aspect.

 


priti thorat

21-03-2018

i want this scheme in my village

Avinash Nawale

10-04-2018

I want our non agricultural land investment in the mukhyamantri solar agriculture scheme

Sunil Bachhav

09-06-2018

I think government can take " Gai Ran" on lease from grampunchyat , should give power to Farmers and excess powert to railways who is biggest consumer of electricity, this will ensure more funds to grampunchyat for developments like road , drainage, education and health

MORE RAMAKANT BABURAO, KOPARGAON

14-06-2018

IN MY VILLAGE "NATEGAON " THERE ARE ABOUT 100 NOS OF SHET TALE PREPARED UNDER "mAGEL TYALA SHETTALE" SIMILARLY 100 WELLS IN MY VILLAGE "NATEGAON " THERE ARE ABOUT 100 NOS OF SHET TALE PREPARED UNDER "mAGEL TYALA SHETTALE" iN THIS CONNECTION I FEELS FOLLOWING POINTS. 1) ONE SHETTALE HAS HAS 20 % UNUTILISED AREA ON WHICH SOLAR PANELS CAN BE INSTALLED. 2) NEAR EVERY WELL HAS 1.0 GUNTHE UNUTILISED AREA IT CAN ALSO UTILISED FOR SOLAR ROOFS INSTALLATION 2) THE PRODUCED ELECTRICITY MAY BE UPLOADABLE TO ELECTRICITY BOAD GRID. 3) THE FARMER GET SMALL AMOUNT AS FRIEGHT AGAINST WALL UTILISED LANDS. 4) THE SHORTAGE OF ELECTRICITY FROM THAT AREA MAY BE REDUCED. 5) EMPLOYEMENT TO CANDIDATES LIKE B.E. ELECTRICAL, DIPLOMA ELECTRICAL, I.T.I. ELECTRICAL WILL GET JOBS AT RURAL AREA. 6) EXPENCE COST WILL BE MINIMUM AS COMPARE TO HUGE MEGAWATT PROJECTS 7) ONE VILLAGE CAN PRODUCE 10 MEGA WATT ELECTRICITY WITHOUT INVESTING ANY USEFUL LAND

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