Mumbai: After the success of a pilot project, the Maharashtra government plans to extend the chief minister’s agricultural solar feeder scheme in the rest of the state. The pilot project of the scheme was introduced last year in two places in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar and Kolambi in Yawatmal. “The scheme is a total success and will be extended to the entire state. This is a game changer and solar units will be set up in the government land where there is evacuation facility,” Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company (Mahatransco) director Vishwas Pathak said.
The farmers are supplied power during the day with the help of solar generation. About the privatisation process of power distribution for Malegaon and Kalwa-Mumbra sections, he said the project is on fast track and the tendering process is underway now. “The entire process is likely to be completed soon,” Pathak said, adding the privatisation of Bhiwandi is successful, hence we have decided to go in for privatisation of power supply in the two areas, where the bill collection is low. “Already a number of companies have participated in the tendering process,” he added. -Agencies
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