Power Department of Assam will formulate its own policy for the development of solar projects in the state
Assam Chief Minister,SarbanandaSonowal asked the State’s Power Department to formulate a comprehensive policy for harnessing solar power in the state to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all villages and towns in the State. He also asked the department to put in place a complaint box to address the grievances of the consumers on a priority basis.
Chairing a meeting of the Power Department at his office, Chief Minister Sonowal asked the Department to look for ways and means to address the shortage of electricity requirement through generation of solar power. Informing that the State has been receiving proposals from the prospective investors for setting up solar power projects in the State, absence of a well laid out policy for solar power, the process has hit the roadblock, Sonowal added.
Chief Minister also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been emphasising on alternative sources of energy and to become successful in harnessing the non-conventional sources of energy, solar power has to be tapped to its fullest potential.
Expressing concern over the reported deaths in the city flash floods due to electrocution, Sonowal also asked the Department to carry out a survey to inspect the status of transformers, wiringetc in Guwahati as well other areas to avert the recurrence of such incidents. He also asked the concerned authorities to initiate the process for filling up the vacancies to boost the momentum of the Department. Reviewing the different projects of the Department which have hit roadblocks or could not be started yet, Sonowal asked the Additional Chief Secretary Power to put responsible officers in charge of those projects to ensure their early commissioning. Sonowal also took note of the progress of the work related to theDeendayalUpadhaya Gram Jyoti Scheme and asked the Additional Chief Secretary along with other higher officials to plug all loopholes including the slackness of the contractors to illuminate all the un-electrified villages on a war footing.
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