MADHYA PRADESH is all set to create history in the field of non-conventional energy in the country with the setting up of a jatropha-based power plant at Basgarhi village in Mandla district.
The country’s first ever plant commissioned as a pilot project plans to go into power generation from December 2006. This information was given at a meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Vinod Chaudhary on Thursday.
The Government of Madhya Pradesh is making all possible efforts to provide electricity to all villages of the State. With the functioning of a jatropha plant at Basgarhi village, the State will make a foray into another area of non-conventional energy, along with conventional power generation, solar energy and wind energy.
If this pilot project succeeds, 10 more villages in far-flung areas of the State will be electrified through jetropha power in the second phase.
The jatropha plant at Basgarh village has been set up with financial support provided by the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Resources, Government of India.
Electricity for domestic use, streetlight, flourmill and other uses will be supplied through the Basgarhi Plant. The district administration has planted 1.78 lakh jetropha (ratanjot) plants in order to cater to the requirement of the plant.
It may be mentioned that the Bio-Diversity and Bio-Technology Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh has prepared a detailed and multi-dimensional Bio-Technology Policy. Additional Chief Secretary Vinod Chaudhary is constantly in touch with departments concerned to apprise the Government of steps being taken regarding the implementation of the policy.