Contentious solar irrigation pump purchase contract gets nod from Maharashtra govt

Last Modified: Sat Jun 30 2018 10:43:19 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 10,000
    solar pumps that were to be purchased for farmers in the drought-hit Vidarbha-Marathwada regions. The decision to go ahead wit purchase was put on hold in Jan 2016, in the wake of serious allegations of overpricing made by opposition leader Dhananjay Munde.
  • 68
    tenders were received by the state government which maintained it had diligently pursued the procedures. Jain Irrigation was qualified for the project from this lot.
  • Rs. 5.4 lakh
    amount charged by Jain Irrigation for each 5 HP pump as per contract signed. This is Rs. 1.4 lakh more than what neighbouring Gujarat is paying for the same capacity pumps, Munde claimed.
  • May 2016
    Maharashtra govt. gives the go-ahead for the procurement nullifying allegations that solar pumps were priced unreasonably.
  • Rs. 530 crore
    This is how much the pumps will cost the state exchequer.