Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu handed over allotment letter pertaining to a solar pumpset to one of the 123 Scheduled Caste (SC) and Schedule Tribe (ST) beneficiaries, Swarna Guravaiah, during his visit to the Genco power plant at Krishnapatnam here on Saturday. The Chief Minister handed over the letter in the presence of Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, and Union Minister for Earth Sciences, Science & Technology Y.S. Chowdary.
The Meenakshi Energy Private Limited (MEPL) came forward to implement the solar initiative under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Two Rs.7.3 lakh worth Tata Solar pump sets were furnished free of cost to eight farmers to irrigate 10 acres of land at Dumpavaripalli of Thirumalapuram Gram Panchayat under a pilot project.
Later, the MEPL decided to supply 121 solar pump sets in two phases by paying the beneficiaries' share of Rs. 55,000 in the NTR Jala Siri Programme and partnering with the authorities in this renewable platform by spending Rs. 66,55,000. The MEPL-GDF Suez had entered into MoU with District Water Management Agency (DWMA) and New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP). As a whole the company has been spending around Rs.75 lakh on this initiative, Chief Operating Officer (COO) MEPL Jamil Amin said.