Rajahmundry (AP): Once critical,
Vetamamidi mini-hydel Project, located about 70 kms from here,
would earn a unique distinction of being managed by tribals in
East Godavari district, president of the Project Committee has
The 1.20 MW power project on Eleru canal is the first
of its kind to be maintained by the Tribal Project Committees,
specifically trained for the purpose by the Integrated Tribal
Development Agency (ITDA) at Rampachodavaram.
The Ministry of Renewable Energy has extended 60
per cent subsidy to the project and the National Bank for
Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) a 40 per cent loan
to the total expenditure of Rs 8 crore.
"The trial run of the project was done in April
and so far 76,641 units were generated. The project was
initiated by the Andhra Pradesh government for providing
employment to the local people and empowering the tribal
women," Project Committee president B Satyavathi said.
Andhra Pradesh Tribal Power Corporation (APTPC) is the
nodal agency for the project, while the ITDA and the Project
Committee would oversee the functioning of the project, she
The project committee consists of 20 members who were
trained at Settipeta Hydal Project in West Godavari district,
The project is estimated to generate 5 million units
per year for six months and as per the agreement with the
Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited
(APTRANSCO), the project would fetch Rs 2.49 per unit.
ITDA Rampachodavaram Project Officer Ronald Ross said
that Vetamamidi mini-hydel Project is one among ten projects
sanctioned for the region.