Rajasthan has been making rapid progress under the KUSUM programme. Ithas floated several tenders for solarising agricultural pumps. The Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited has floated a tender for the solarisation of 5,874 pumps distributed on 92 selected feeders in the Ajmer distribution company to aid the solarisation of grid-connected agricultural consumers. The Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited has floated a tender for solarisation of 6,367 grid-connected water pumps, while the Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited has floated a tender for the solarisation of 504 agricultural pumps to be distributed to 17 select feeders of the Jodhpur distribution company.
These tenders have been floated under Component C of the government’s KUSUM programme. The programme component aims to achieve the solarisation of one million grid-connected agricultural water pumps up to 7.5 horsepower.
The scope of work under these projects includes the design, survey, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the solar systems. It also requires bidders to provide comprehensive maintenance for five years.The last date for the submission of bids is March 4, 2020 for the projects to be set up in Ajmer, while it is March 5, 2020 for Jaipur and Jodhpur. The estimated costs for the projects are Rs 1.39 billion Rs 2.45 billion Rs 235.18 million for Ajmer, Jaipur and Jodhpur respectively.
Read more about the KUSUM programme here: https://renewablewatch.in/2019/03/25/cash-crops/