Centre awaiting state nod to set up UMPP: Goyal

RSTV Bureau

jaitley_piyushgoelPower and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday that the Centre is waiting for the state government’s clearance for setting up the proposed ultra-mega solar power project in Sambhar near Jaipur.

The Centre is ready to implement the project in Sambhar and is waiting for clearance from the state government, Goyal told reporters through video conferencing.

“We are ready to implement the project as soon as possible if the state government gives the clearance. We are also ready for setting up project elsewhere to generate solar energy on a large scale if the state government provides us land,” he said.

The proposed project of 4,000 MW capacity in Sambhar area near salt lake was announced last year by former UPA government.

The state government has expressed ecological and environmental concerns about the project in that area which is the prime site for migratory birds and may cast adverse impact on the ecology.

Goyal stressed upon the problem of power theft in the state and said that he has discussed the issues in detail with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her team.

“Power theft is tremendous in Rajasthan. It caused huge losses to discoms, almost Rs 55,000 crore from 2008-2013. I have discussed the issues which the CM and we are working out on plans to address the issue,” he said.

The minister said that the government is serious for providing round-the-clock electricity in the state and there are some ways to make power available to remotest areas.

“Local needs can be fulfilled by generating and transmitting wind or solar power to remote villages and hamlets. There are several things and we are working on it,” he added.

Power output up 22% in 100 days

Playing down on coal shortages at some power stations, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal today said the government in 100 days had slogged the system to produce nearly 22 per cent more electricity and is on track to provide 24×7 power to all in five years.

Blaming the policies of previous government for domestic production not meeting power plant requirement, Goyal said his ministry is aiming to rationalise supplies by supplying fuel nearest to the plant as well as implement long term measures to raise output.

Targeted UP Govt

He also targets the UP government and said that non-cooperation of the Uttar Pradesh government and poor law and order situation are responsible for power crisis in the state.

“It is unfortunate that we have 71 MPs from the state, but we are unable to do anything on power problem in their areas due to non-cooperation of the state government,” Goyal told reporters through video conferencing.