School children get drinking water from unique solar energy dual pump


India CSR News Network

RAIPUR: In an yet another initiative towards social upliftment, the CSR arm of GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Limited (GCEL), a subsidiary of GMR Energy has extended its financial support in installing a unique Solar Dual pump at Chicholi Government School at Raipur last week.

S. Ravi Shanker- COO GCEL along with Harinath KV (GM-CR) and Sarpanch, Chicholi village, Shri Raj Kumar Thakur inaugurated the pump. This arrangement would benefit more than 200 School Children.

The solar energy dual pumps is an innovative pump designed to utilize the power of the sun during the day and act as a normal hand pump when the solar energy is not available. This assures uninterrupted water supply for drinking, sanitation and personal hygiene. Solar Dual pump is a submersible pump which runs on power generated from the photo-voltaic solar cells and is suitable for use on bore-wells.

GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, a CSR arm of GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Ltd. (GCEL), under its popular CSR Program – Education and Health Support – has supported the village panchayat with Rs 50,000 and balance amount has been subsidized by Chhattisgarh State Renewable Development Agency (CREDA) to Gram Panchayat Chicoli.

The Governments of India and Chhattisgarh have a strong focus to provide piped water supply in rural areas. Some time it is seen that the drinking water supply infrastructure in Rural areas do not function due to non-availability of electric supply and thus extra efforts need to be taken to improve piped water coverage.

To address the problem Government of India has brought a successful and innovative scheme in which a single phased 1 HP solar energy based submersible pump is installed in a high yielding borewell, which already is attached to a hand pump. Water pumped from the system can be stored in an elevated tank and water is provided to children in school through Tap connections. The main feature of this system is that it does not require electric supply or batteries. The system operates through Solar panel.

Large Number of Community members along with Sarpanch and Upsarpanch thanked GCEL for extending support in installing the drinking water facilities available for children in school and over all development through CSR Activities. The team of community members also visited Nutrition Centre, a centre run by Foundation, where supplementary nutrition is given to pregnant and lactating women. They have provided nutritious food to the women.

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