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Tata Trusts ink MoU with Andhra Pradesh Government to develop 264 Smart Villages

Tata Trusts has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Government to develop 264 villages.

Under this initiative, all 264 villages in the Vijayawada constituency will be developed in order to transform them into smart villages.

The project has been jointly undertaken by local Lok Sabha MP Kesineni Srinivas and the Tata Trust as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Tata Group.

It should be noted that this is the first of its kind of project undertaken by Tata Trust in the country to develop all villages of a single Parliamentary constituency.

As part of this initiative, the trusts will work in the areas of education, drinking water, health and nutrition, self-employment for the youth, bamboo cultivation, fisheries etc. by developing each village. Around 2.5 lakh households in all villages of this constituency will benefit from this ambitious project.

The identified activities which will be under taken in this initiative are based on comprehensive household survey in all villages which was conducted by Tata Trust.

Gujarat to become 1st state to launch ‘Agro-Solar Policy’

Gujarat is set to become the first state in India to launch ‘Agro-Solar Policy’ to encourage the farmers to tap the solar energy.

The new policy seeks to encourage the farmers in the state to tap free solar energy from sun, which will in turn help them to earn additional income from power generation companies.

Key facts

  • Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) will be nodal implementing agency for projects under this policy.
  • Farmers can use the free solar energy for their own consumption purpose and sell the surplus energy to the state run power generation companies.
  • Thus, power generation companies and farmers will be in a win-win situation with generation of solar energy in agricultural fields.
  • Power generation companies will set up solar photo voltaic (SPV) plants in different agricultural fields for the purpose of power generation without disturbing agricultural production.
  • It should be noted that these SPV plants have been already tested in different agricultural universities in the State.
  • On the experimental basis power generation companies like Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited (GIPCL), Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) have already set up SPV plants in farm fields
  • The SPV plant will be set up on poles in the fields so that farmers can also grow their crops.
  • After buying surplus power, power generation companies will give 30 to 40 per cent share from the profit to the farmers.

Some other successful solar projects in Gujarat

  • State has Asia’s largest solar power plant in Charanka village in Patan district which is built on a 2,000-hectare land.
  • In January 2015, the first canal-top solar power plant (10 MW solar capacity) was inaugurated by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon on Narmada canal in Vadodara.