Chandigarh, July 10, 2020: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the Nation the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power project via video conference today. It is Asia’s largest power project.
The Prime Minister said that the Rewa project will make the entire region a major hub for pure and clean energy in this decade.
Narendra Modi praised the effort in that it will also supply power to the Delhi Metro, along with the entire region surrounding Rewa.
He said very soon Madhya Pradesh would be the main centre of Solar Energy in India, as such major projects are in progress in Neemuch, Shajapur, Chattarpur and Omkareshwar.
The biggest beneficiaries of this would be the poor, the middle class, the tribals, the farmers of Madhya Pradesh, he said.
The Prime Minister said that Solar Energy would be a major medium for providing the energy needs of an aspirational India .
He described Solar Energy as one which is ‘Sure, Pure & Secure’. Sure because of the continuous sup-ply of Energy from the Sun, Pure as it is environment friendly and Secure because it is a secure source for our energy needs.
Prime Minister termed such Solar Energy projects are a true represen-tation of Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India).
He said the economy is an impor-tant aspect of self-reliance and progress. Referring to the regular dilemma whether to focus on Econ-omy or Ecology, Prime Minister said India resolved such dilemmas by focussing on Solar Energy Proj-ects and other environment friendly measures.
Modi said Economy and Ecology are not contradictory but comple-mentary to each other.
He said in all the programs of the government, priority is being given to environmental protection as well as Ease of Living.
He referred to programmes like Swachch Bharat, supply of LPG cylinders to the poor households, the development of CNG networks as one which focussed on Ease of Living and improving the lives of the poor and the middle class.
Modi said that the protection of the environment is not limited to just a few projects, but it is the Way of Life.
The PM said it is ensured that the determination towards clean energy is seen in every aspect of life, when launching large projects of renew-able energy.
The Government is making sure that its benefits reach every corner of the country, every section of society, every citizen.
He elaborated this with an exam-ple of how the introduction of LED bulbs has reduced the electricity bill.
Nearly 40 million tons of carbon dioxide is prevented from going into the environment, due to the LED bulb.
He said this also reduced the Elec-tricity Usage by 6 Billion Units and accrued a saving of Rs 24,000 Crore to the exchequer.
He said that the Government is working towards making our envi-ronment, our air, our water also to remain pure and this thinking is also reflected in the policy and strategy on solar energy.
Modi said India’s exemplary progress in the field of Solar Energy would be a major source of interest to the World.
He said owing to such major steps, India is being considered as the most attractive market of clean energy.
The Prime Minister said that the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched with the motive to unite the entire World in terms of solar energy.He said the spirit behind was One World, One Sun, One Grid.
The Prime Minister expressed confidence that Madhya Pradesh’s farmers will make use of the KUSUM Program and will instal Solar Energy plants as an additional income source. He expressed the hope that very soon India
will be a major exporter of power. The Prime Minister said India is also focussing on reducing its dependence on imports of hardware needed for solar plants, like Photovoltaic Cells, Battery and Storage.
He said the work is progressing rapidly in this direction and the Government is encour-aging the Industry, the youth, MSMEs and StartUps to work for production and better-ment of all the inputs for Solar Energy.
Referring to the ongoing pandemic COVID-19, the PM said for the Government or socie-ty, compassion and vigilance are the greatest motivators to tackle this difficult challenge.
He said right from the beginning of the Lockdown the Government ensured that the poor and needy are assured of supply of food and fuel.
He said with the same spirit, the Govern-ment decided to continue the free supply of food and LPG till November this year, even during the phase of unlockdown.
The government is also giving full contribu-tion to the EPF account of millions of private sector employees. Similarly, through the PM-Swanidhi scheme, those who have the least access to the system get benefitted.
He added that when people are moving out of their home to make Madhya Pradesh great, they should follow these rules – maintaining a distance of two yards, wearing a mask on the face and washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.