US ambassador to India Richard R Verma on Wednesday lauded the development in socio-economic sector in the state and said there was immense scope for the US and Madhya Pradesh to work jointly on green energy sector.
During his day-long visit to Bhopal, Verma met chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, visited Taj-ul-Masajid in Old City, the Gauravi Centre at JP Hospital and the Regional Science Centre.
Verma told reporters the US could help the state improve in clean energy and get more business investments. “The the chief minister has invited me to Global Investor Meet in October,” he said.
The summit will be held at Indore on October 21-23.
Verma also discussed issues pertaining to investment, women’s empowerment and religious freedom in MP with the chief minister, a communiqué issued by the state government said.
Chouhan informed him that the world’s biggest ultra-mega solar power plant with 750 MW capacity was being set up at Rewa and Asia’s biggest 135 MW solar energy plant had already been set up in Neemuch, it said.
Verma, however, refused to comment on the questions regarding Dow Chemicals’ repeated failure to appear before the Bhopal Court despite notices. “The matter is under litigation for many years and it wouldn’t be right to comment on it,” Verma said.
Mesmerized by the Taj-ul-Masajid in the Old City,” he said: “It’s an amazingly beautiful place. It was an honour to meet the leaders of the mosque, their place of learning, place of history and place of culture.”
Appreciating the Gauravi Centre at JP Hospital – the one-stop crisis centre for women for redressal of issues related to rape, domestic violence, dowry and molestation – he said such models should be replicated by other states also.