Workshop on micro-hydro power generation begins

Underscoring the importance of multi-arch check dams in storing water, Water Resource Consultant and former professor and head, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Dr K Subramanya said that such dams were very beneficial in recharging the ground water in the long run.

Realising its effectiveness and to help people living in the parched area of Karnataka, the Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj were planning to construct 1,000 check dams around state, Dr Subramanya said while speaking at a two-day workshop on micro-hydro power generation in Western Ghats, organised by The Department of Civil Engineering, the National Institute of Engineering (NIE) at its premises here on Friday.

“Besides its multiple benefits, the multi-arch check dams offer a way of reducing the cost of dam construction by as much as 50 percent over more traditional technologies. With check dam construction at reasonable distances, it would be an effective way of recharging ground water. The government intends to construct 1,000 such dams in the year 2016-17,” Dr Subramanya said.

This innovative idea of check dam was thought and implemented by the then Hassan Zilla Panchayat CEO Naveen Raj Singh in 2003 and the same was spreading across the state to address the scarcity of water even if there was a deficient rainfall, he added.

The workshop was aimed at making aware the academia of the recent developments in micro-grids and its potential in the Western Ghats region.

Practical training

As part of the workshop, civil and mechanical engineering students will be taken to Beedalli in Somwarpet taluk on Saturday where they have set up a temporary Kumaradhara Field Hydraulic Lab through which they were taught of generating power.

“Around 500 watt of electricity is generated which can light up to six bulbs. This has been set up on temporary basis and we have a plan to install a bit big and improvised station with the generation capacity of one kilo watt near Suralabbi in Somwarpet taluk in six months,” S Shamsundar and Vikram Atreya, faculty attached to Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIE, told City Today.

Secretary, NIE Managing Committee, Principal and CEO, Dr G L Shekar, Professor and Head, Dr N Suresh and coordinator Dr R Yadupathi Putty were present.

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