UP govt plans to in­vest ₹5,500 cr in green en­ergy cor­ri­dor in Bun­delk­hand

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

LUCKNOW : The state gov­ern­ment plans to in­vest ₹5,500 crore in a Green En­ergy Cor­ri­dor in the Bun­delk­hand re­gion, which would gen­er­ate 4,000 mw of so­lar en­ergy.

State con­ven­tional en­ergy sources minister Bra­jesh Pathak, on Fri­day, made this dis­clo­sure at the Ut­tar Pradesh Green Sum­mit or­gan­ised by the UP chap­ter of the PHD Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try in as­so­ci­a­tion with the UPNEDA.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, Pathak said: “The state gov­ern­ment is giv­ing pref­er­ence to the pri­vate sec­tor to gen­er­ate so­lar en­ergy. The gov­ern­ment is also waiv­ing off the stamp duty to set up of so­lar power gen­er­at­ing units. “Soon, a Green En­ergy Cor­ri­dor will come up in Bun­delk­hand re­gion for gen­er­at­ing 4000 mw of so­lar en­ergy through an in­vest­ment of Rs 5500 crore,” he said. The ini­tia­tive is part of the state gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus on the Bun­delk­hand re­gion.

On the oc­ca­sion, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary (con­ven­tional en­ergy sources) Alok Ku­mar, said, “The state gov­ern­ment’s so­lar en­ergy pol­icy -2017 of­fers many con­ces­sions for set­ting up so­lar power units.” In his wel­come re­marks, PHD Cham­ber Co-Chair­man (UP Chap­ter) Mukesh Ba­hadur Singh said that cli­mate change was one of the great­est chal­lenges and the main cause for it was our de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els which are fast de­plet­ing. He em­pha­sised that har­ness­ing re­new­able sources of en­ergy was the only so­lu­tion.

PHD Cham­ber Co-Chair­man (UP Chap­ter) Gau­rav Prakash dis­cussed the cur­rent sce­nario of re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor in the state. He said that switch­ing to re­new­able en­ergy, such as so­lar en­ergy, wind en­ergy and bio-en­ergy was the need of the hour.

At the sum­mit, speak­ers de­lib­er­ated on max­imis­ing gen­er­a­tion and de­pend­abil­ity on re­new­able sources of en­ergy.

Around 165 per­sons at­tended the sum­mit, in­clud­ing var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, se­nior bu­reau­crats from the state gov­ern­ment, pol­icy mak­ers, aca­demi­cians and schol­ars from across the city.

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