Solar power via canals in Uttar Pradesh on government agenda
The Yogi Adityanath government wants to generate power by installing solar power panels in open spaces around state irrigation department’s canals and set up micro-hydel schemes at the fall available therein across Uttar Pradesh.
As more than 2000 MW power may be generated from solar panels and micro-hydel power projects, the state government has set up a four-member committee to explore potential of power generation and submit its report within 15 days.
On Thursday, engineer-in-chief (projects) irrigation department Kunal Kulshreshtha will preside over the first meeting of the committee that has engineer-in-chief (mechanical) and superintending engineer (projects) irrigation department as members.
Uttar Pradesh has about 75,000 km long canal system including major and minor canals. “We have plenty of open spaces around major canals. The committee will have to identify open spaces where sun facing solar panels can be installed along major canals. It will study technical and financial aspects and submit its report,” said a senior officer.
“Once the committee submits its report, the department will initiate process of inviting proposals for such projects. An investment of about Rs 4 crore to Rs 5 crore is required to set up solar panels to generate one megawatt power. An investment of Rs 2500 crore will be needed by private investors if the state government decides to install panels for generation of 500 MW solar power in the first phase,” said the officer.
The Punjab Pollution Control Board will keep an eye on top 10 districts, known to be chronic violators and reporting the highest number of paddy residue burning incidents during the Kharif season. PPCB chairman Adarsh Pal Vig said as many 10 districts reported the greatest number of stubble burning cases in 2020 and 2021. “Some of these are Sangrur, Ludhiana, Moga, Patiala and Ferozepur.”
Cases of crime reported in Delhi till July 15 this year increased by 8.1%, compared to the same period last year, according to statistics shared by the Delhi Police on Wednesday, showing a broad increase across most categories in 2022. In 2021, in fact, a total of 2,485 home burglaries were reported for the entire year. Cases of non-heinous crimes, such as snatching, burglary and vehicle theft, too went up by 8%.
Police have recovered four pistols and their ammunition, believed to be dropped by a drone in the Lopoke area of the district near the India-Pakistan border. A team led by Lopoke police station in-charge Mantej Singh, launched a search operation in the area where the drone was spotted. More than 20 incidents of drone movements and smuggling of weapons and drugs at the Punjab border with Pakistan have been reported in this year.
An interstate gang involved in ATM fraud was busted with the arrest of three of its members in Pathankot on Wednesday. The accused – Ramesh Kumar, Pareen and Sikander of Hisar in Haryana – were arrested during a special operation. As many as 66 ATM cards, ₹19,000 cash, and a swipe machine were seized from the accused. Their SUV was also impounded.
With 11,000 of the 90,000 subsidised machines supplied to farmers over the last four years for in-situ stubble management missing, the Punjab agricultural department has decided to rope in the vigilance bureau to look into the matter and take action. The loss incurred has been pegged at ₹140 crore, as per the agricultural department's preliminary investigation. It is likely that action will be taken against machine manufacturers, dealers, users and some department officials.