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Thursday , August 17 , 2000
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NBA's hydel project commissioned


VADODARA, AUG 16: A micro Hydel Project of 300 watts' installed capacity, set up by the villagers of the Narmada valley was inaugurated in Domkhedi village in Maharashtra on Tuesday, on the occasion of the Independence day. The project was set up under the technical guidance from the Narmada Bachao Andolan.

Besides veteran Sarvoday leader Sidharaj Dhadda and tribal leader Raniya Dahya Padvi, over 300 children from NBA's Jeevanshala also participated in the inaugural programme. Earlier the project affected tribals from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat took out a rally from the Satyagrah sites in Domkhedi and Jalsindhi in the morning before the flag hoisting ceremony.

The hydel project has been set up as part of the NBA's challenge to the gigantic projects like the Sardar Sarovar dam and the general concept that only mega projects can meet the people's requirements. According to NBA sources the project is enough to provide power to light bulbs in 10 houses in Kutaini Pada at Domkhedi. The turbine generator made in Kerala at a cost of Rs 15,000 has been provided by People's School of Energy (PSE) group. During the rainy season, small mountain streams will be channelised by pipes installed along a hillock to turn the generators.

In the post-monsoon season, water collected at a check dam will be diverted through the same pipes. The generator will meet the lighting needs between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. for five months after the monsoon. BA said energy experts who have installed 10 such projects in Kerala are constructing bunds to check the flow of water and prevent soil erosion in the watershed area of the stream.

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