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Home News Power Sector News Replace old agricultural pumps with energy efficient pumps- Shinde

Replace old agricultural pumps with energy efficient pumps- Shinde

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Sushilkumar ShindeUnion Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has drafted  Rs 70,000 crore plan to replace the existing agriculture pumps across the country with energy-efficient pumps. The move is expected to save power worth Rs 18,000 crore per year.

"Based on the studies conducted all over the world, we undertook a pilot project in my home town Solapur. The existing agriculture pumps were replaced with new energy efficient pumps. We found out that the new pumps consumed 30% less power,''

Shinde told TOI. "In view of the massive success of the project, we have now decided to extend it to the entire country in a
phased manner.''

There are 26 lakh agriculture pumps in Maharashtra. These consume 25% of the total power generated in the state. The move to replace the old pumps with new ones in a phased and time-bound manner has been welcomed by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB). The agriculture sector, which receives power at subsidised rates, owes MSEB a whopping Rs 5,000 crore in arrears.

Saurabh Kumar, secretary, bureau of energy efficiency, said officials from his department found that most countries had managed to bring down the power consumption in the agriculture sector by replacing age-old pumps with state-of-the-art ones,'' he said.

"If our programme is implemented, 60 billion units of power worth Rs 18,000 crore will be saved per year,'' he said.


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