MP set up Highest Number of Solar Pumps Under GKRA Scheme

Madhya Pradesh set up the highest number of solar pumps under the PM Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan, per state Renewable Energy Minister

Madhya Pradesh has set up the highest number of solar pumps in the country under the PM Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan, state New and Renewable Energy Minister Hardeep Singh Dang has said. 

“A total of 3,224 solar pumps were set up against the target of 3,490 in 24 districts of the state to achieve 92.4 percent success under the scheme, which is maximum in the country,” an official release quoting Dang stated.

The scheme was launched by the central government last year for providing employment to migrant labourers who came back to their native places during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Under it, migrant labourers in 116 districts of six states Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand – were identified for providing them employment. In MP, 24 districts were included in the scheme, under which setting up of solar pumps, construction of community toilets, anganwadis, wells, rural mandisdomestic animal sheds, panchayat buildings and tree plantation activities were taken up for providing jobs to migrant labourers, Dang said.

Recently, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) had issued a tender for the supply and commissioning of off-grid solar PV water pumping systems of 1-10 hp in selected states on a pan India basis under the component B of the PM KUSUM scheme.

The scope of work for the selected bidders will include the design, manufacture, supply, transport, installation, testing and commissioning of the off-grid solar pumping systems in the selected states. The developers will also be required to provide comprehensive operation and maintenance services for the complete systems for a period of 5 years from the date of successful commissioning.

The tender consists of a total of 16 clusters across India in which the solar pumps are to be installed. The last date for bid submission is February 2, 2021.

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