Jaipur, Aug 2 : Rajasthan is following the sunshine path. As part of its efforts to use the abundant solar energy, especially in districts of western Rajasthan, the state government is in the process of installing 70 solar tubewells in Barmer district under the Mukhyamantri Solar Adharit Nalkoop Yojana (MSANY).
The Rajasthan Electronics and Instrumentation Ltd will implement the project and has received a work order of Rs 11.91 crore for the same.
For Barmer, which faces perpetual shortage of water, and is often faced with acute power shortage, the project will prove to be a boon as water will be available round-the-clock from December.
The solar tube wells will not only provide uninterrupted water supply to the community, but also irrigate farms. The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) is closely monitoring it and is expected to be completed this year by December.
In the entire state, the department is planning to set up 1,000 solar tube wells and 400 solar deflouridation plants. A private firm has been roped in to maintain them for five years.
In Jodhpur division, a private firm will construct and maintain 176 solar tube wells. After five years, the firm will hand over them to the government.