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The Telangana government, in collaboration with the Centre, is going to implement a new scheme under which solar panels would be attached to handwater pumps to convert them into duel purpose motor pumps in rural areas.
The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has already sanctioned advanced solar power-based motors and storage tanks to boost safe drinking water supply in the rural of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana.
The Union government will bear 70 per cent of the expenditure for the project.
The modified hand pumps will have a tank of 5,000 litre storage capacity along with an inbuilt water purifier. The solar panels on top of the tank will generate power. Each solar set will generate around 675 watts everyday.
The hand pumps can be simultaneously used as manual pumps and motor pumps as the modifications will not disrupt existing water supply system. The production cost for each set is estimated around Rs. 5 lakh.