Farmers will now produce electricity along with crops using alternate or renewable source of energy. According to the intention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, work has been started in this direction in the entire State with special emphasis on Purvanchal under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Farmers will set up solar power plants on barren or wastelands and sell the remaining power after their consumption to the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation. This initiative will also achieve the goal of doubling their income making them self-reliant.
State Power Minister Shrikant Sharma said this chairing over the fifth technical session of the manufacturing sector on the second day of the national webinar and seminar on ‘Sustainable development: issues, strategies and future direction of Purvanchal’ organised under the joint aegis of Planning Department and Gorakhpur University on the Gorakhpur University campus on Friday. The Energy Minister said that four of the sub-stations to be built to buy power produced by farmers under the PM Kusum scheme in the field of renewable energy will be installed in Purvanchal. Apart from this, out of 8000 solar irrigation pumps of the state, 2882 have been given to Purvanchal.
He said that the development of Uttar Pradesh is incomplete without development of Purvanchal. With the cooperation of everyone and leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh is changing rapidly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that Uttar Pradesh has a big role in the development of the country. The rapid development of Purvanchal is very important for the overall development of the state because without the development of Purvanchal, the development of Uttar Pradesh is incomplete.
The Power Minister said that, “there is a great need for uninterrupted power for sustainable development. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, we are working fast in the direction. In this context, the renewable energy sector currently contributes 6% to the energy sector, which the Chief Minister has targeted to increase to 20% by 2021.”
He further added that “Uninterrupted power is the goal of CM Yogi. His intention is to supply 24 hours power to the villages, not allowing any power crisis in any situation from sunset to sunrise. According to the guidelines of the Chief Minister, the Energy Department did not let the power crisis come even during the crisis of Corona. In the Ease of Doing Business, UP ranks second in the country, so the availability of energy is a major contributor to it.”
The Energy Minister recalling past incident said that, In past when the transformer was blown in the village, the villagers had to make a donation to get it fixed but today our dedicated team gets it activated as soon as they receive the information. On getting connections of more than 20 kilowatts, the Executive Engineers themselves arrive at the connection takers with a box of sweets.
In this session, Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation, Arvind Kumar, MD of Purvanchal Power Distribution Corporation Limited, Saroj Kumar discussed the departmental plans and achievements. While Environmentalist of West Chester Pennsylvania, Senior Advisor Dr. Rajesh Singh, Climate Change, Prof. PK Ghosh were also present.
Chairman, Department of Economics at the University of Allahabad, said the need for alternate energy sources is crucial in the development of Purvanchal and Prof. Govind, Head of Civil Engineering Department at Madan Mohan Malviya University of Technology made a statement on the subject of environmental issues in Purvanchal. The session was co-chaired by Prof. SK Singh, Chairman, Geography Department at Gorakhpur University.