THE UNION Government is expected to clear four important proposals of Madhya Pradesh in non-conventional energy sector. The Union Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources Vilas Muttemwar has today agreed in principle to grant sanctions for these proposals awaiting clearance of the Centre.
During his visit to the State Capital today, Muttemwar met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and both held discussions about various aspects of the non-conventional energy possibilities in MP.
The Chief Minister requested to clear the proposals for Rs one crore Energy Park on 30 acre land at Bhopal, increasing the target of installing the bio-gas plants, and setting up wind energy projects of two MW capacity each at Matamkheda in Ratlam and Mahuria in Shajapur. These proposals are pending with the Centre.
Holding detailed discussions with the CM at the Mantralaya here, Muttemwar said that the Union Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources would take necessary action for providing clearances to all four projects. The target of setting up biogas plants would be increased from the present 500 to 3000.
The Centre would also provide assistance for preparing project report for One MW capacity biogas-based power plant proposed at Pariyat near Jabalpur.
Muttemwar urged the Chief Minister to take steps for promoting solar energy plants for hot water facility at government buildings. Chouhan said that such plants would be installed at government rest houses and other buildings.
Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Chairman Dilip Singh Shekhawat, State Energy Secretary Sanjay Bandopadhyay and Chief Minister’s Secretary Anurag Jain were also present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference at the Urja Bhavan in the afternoon, Muttemwar told mediapersons that the country had a potential of almost three lakh MW from non-conventional energy sources.The minister expressed hope that by 2020, there would be at least a million cars in India running on hydrogen fuel cells. He said the hydrogen energy road map for the country had been prepared about four months back and work on that had already started.
He added there was a target to electrify about 1.25 lakh villages in the country under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme by 2009-10.
Similarly, the country was expected to produce about 25000-30000 MW power in the coming three to four years through the fast track programme, Muttemwar stated.