25,000 farmers to get solar power during day: Maharashtra minister
Over 25,000 farmers across Maharashtra will soon get full-time electricity supply during the day, state energy minister Nitin Raut announced on Monday.
Taking into account problems faced in power supply to agricultural pumps at night, we decided to set up solar power projects near MSEDCL substations to provide electricity to farmers during the day,” Raut said. He said the suggestion was by farmers and public representatives. “We will implement the project soon under chief minister solar agriculture pump scheme,” he said. It will provide electricity to farmers across 50 transmission lines. “Arrears for agriculture pumps are around Rs 42,000 crore, including interest and penalties. The issue is under government consideration. Considering the crisis of MSEDCL, 80% agricultural consumers on the feeder are expected to pay current bills so that the project can be implemented successfully,” a senior MSEDCL official said.