Located deep in the forest area of Belthangady taluk, the Banjara Malekudiya Colony, where the tribe resides, comes under the protection of Karnataka Forest Department (KFD). No transmission lines could reach this area as it involved felling trees, which, in turn, would violate the Karnataka Forest Act, 1963 (KFA).
As a result, the Malekudiyas generated electricity through renewable sources, such as solar power and hydropower.
Now, after 42 years of unreliable sources of power, the tribal colony is getting a conventional means of electric power generation – overhead power lines.
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