In the summer of 2018, water woes of the Bandipur national park may not be as serious as previous years. In a bid to ensure that wild animals will not die due to the water crisis in each summer, state energy department has decided to install 20 solar pumpsets in the national park. These pumpsets will connect the water holes of the national park and ensure drinking water to the wild animals. As per the government decision the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has been given the responsibility of implementing this scheme.
Speaking to Times of India, G V Balaram, Managing Director (MD), KREDL informed that under the new initiative, solar pumpsets will be installed inside the national park and they are connected to water holes which are the life line for the wild animals in the summer season. “Every year we hear about death of wild animals in the Bandipur national park due to the water crisis. So we have decided to install the solar pumpsets which don’t need any electrical connection from feeders. Each solar pumpset will be installed at an estimated cost of Rs. 1 lakh. They will ensure uninterrupted water supply to the water holes,” he said.
“One of the benefits of these solar pump sets is that there is no need to cut any trees or branches to provide electricity connection from any feeder. Beside providing drinking water, these pump sets will also ensure protection of forest,” he said. Read More…
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