Vijay Pinjarkar, TNN
NAGPUR: Even if hilly Melghat has good potential for solar energy, heavy rain during the monsoon reduces the effectiveness of solar energy projects. To provide energy during the monsoon period wind-solar energy projects would be the best solution for this tribal-dominated region in Amravati district, said Maharashtra chief secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia. He, along with principal secretary (forest) Praveen Pardeshi and a battery of principal secretaries of various departments, was on a two-day tour of Melghat on Friday and Saturday.
During their visit to Nature Conservation Society, Amravati (NCSA), they saw the NCSA's Muthwa centre which demonstrates how wind-solar energy can be better utilized in Melghat, which otherwise faces a severe power shortage.
Banthia was shown various projects including techniques to curb grazing in forests, water and energy conservation, horticulture practices to curb man-animal conflict, among other NCSA initiatives. Banthia was highly impressed by the man-made lake developed by the society at Muthwa.
NCSA officers Kunal Patode, Rahul Kalmegh, animal husbandry officer Ravi Patil, nature education officer Ashok Athawale, Muthwa centre chief Nehru Yeole, Gajanan Shanware, Maroti Alokkar, and others were present.
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