A farmer C.M. Subramanian of Rasipuram, Tamil Nadu says:
“Already we farmers experience the effects of regular load shedding and frequent power cuts, which make our daily lives miserable. I never thought that getting a power connection would be so tedious and the supply erratic. “Even though my house and fields are near the main highway, the electricity board officials made me run from pillar to post. After months of running around I realized they expect something more than the required documents. “Determined not to pay a single paisa more than the required deposit. I decided to find some alternative. Since our region experiences a good wind flow I decided to erect a windmill on top of my house,” he says. “I am also planning to erect another windmill for irrigating my fields soon. Due to financial constraints I am unable to work on it now,” he says.
|Is it true that windmills provide adequate electricity? Is there a good, objective study of the ground realities? If it is really possible, why not we work/campaign towards making governments to help farmers, financially and otherwise, to install such facilities in their fields as the farmers of Tamilnadu have done. Farmers can also be trained to take care of maitenance and repaires of their facilities, I believe.
- H R Kodidela
An alternative power source proves to be a windfall by M.J. PRABU, The Hindu, 02 July 2009
The Financial Express, 25 February 2008
Power tariffs should include social costs
by Tejal Kanitkar, Girish Sant.
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