Name of the Scheme: Installation of Solar Water Pumps for Cultivating Paddy Lands during dry season .
Amount Sanctioned: Rs. 5.00 lacs
Years of Schemes: SCA (BADP) 2016-17.
The office of the Border Areas Development under Kalaichar Border Block, South West Garo Hills initiated a project on installation of solar water pump at Kodaldhowa village so as to facilitate irrigated water for the vegetables growers and paddy field throughout the year. The objectives of providing Solar water pump at a specific location of the sprawling vegetable cultivation field and paddy field is to provide uninterrupted abundant water supply to every nook and corner of the cultivating fields covering approximately 15 to 18 bighas. Kodaldhowa Village, a serene hamlet, inhabited by the Hajong tribe is located at the foothill close to International Border with Bangladesh. The Village is located at N-25°21.693 and E-089°51.132. The village is covered by a vast tract of fertile agricultural land on either side of the village. The Village receives ample sunlight for a maximum of 8 – 10 hours a day and throughout the year thus making it conducive for generating solar energy. Kodaldhowa Village has been specially chosen for installation of solar water pump as the village is known for producing organic vegetables throughout the year and 80 percent of the household are engaged in agricultural and livestock rearing activities. A decade ago, the vast fertile cultivating fields are easily connected with earthen duct canal from river Rongkai but as the years passed, the river bed became deeper and wider due to frequent floods resulting in decrease of agricultural land and unavailable of irrigated water to their fields. Today, the installation of solar water pump at the hearth of the agricultural fields has immensely helped the farmers as the water needed for the irrigation as well as for drinking purpose is drawn deep from the earth and channelized to every cultivating field via earthen duct canal. The installation of solar water pump has gave a sigh of relief to the laborious farmers who can now till the farmland without bothering for the water supply and becoming dependant for the monsoon rain.
The project consists of 5 nos. of 250 watt solar photo voltaic panel with a maximum output power capacity of 2500 watts or 2.5 Kv connected to a main controller installed at the shed. The water for irrigation as well as drinking purpose is drawn by a submersible pump of 2.00 Hp installed underground with a depth of 150 feet connected with a 4 inch dia GI pipe. A CGI roofing shed with MS Truss with a dimension of 12 × 8 feet length and width respectively has been constructed to provide shelter for the machines and equipments installed at the site so as to avoid getting damage and unwanted rust. A small cemented tank has also been constructed to offer potable drinking water to farmers as well as for the grazing cattle nearby the fields.
Name of the Scheme: Construction of jeepable footbridge over Bingka stream at Simlakona.
Amount Sanctioned: Rs. 10.00 lacs.
Years of Schemes: SCA (BADP) 2016-17
Simlakona village is located at N-25°23.414 and E-089°59.015. The village is closely located to Zikzak which is around is 6 Km. The village is thinly populated with an approximate nos. of around 80 to 90 household. The majority of the population are engaged in cultivation and livestock rearing activities. The village is connected with a kutchaa road and the nearest motorable road is around 3 Km from the Village. The Village lack basic infrastructure development. The village as can be seen today had only 2 room A – type school building with kitchen for mid day meal and the building is in dilapidated condition.
The construction of jeepable RCC Bridge at Simlakona has been initiated under BADP 2016 – 2017 with the objectives to facilitate connectivity to school student as well as to general public. The kutchaa approach road to school has been cut off from all three sides as it is directly bounded by individual owned land with house and plantation barring a rivulet to cross to the school. The 8 metre long jeepable RCC Bridge has been constructed to facilitate uninterrupted connectivity to school children as well as to general public. With the bridge constructed at the heart of the village today, the objective of the project thus had served its purpose to the inhabitants and households located nearby the school requiring medical attention can easily be ferried at any time. The construction of jeepable RCC bridge has been commenced in the month of January, 2017 and completed at the end of April, 2017. The overall execution of the project was entrusted to the Village Committee from the respective village of Simlakona.