The central government is willing to implement the future ultra- mega solar power project (UMPP) in Sambhar, Rajasthan and is awaiting the state government permission, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal announced.
The project will be launched within a short span, once the state government gives the clearance. The project can also be established elsewhere to generate solar energy if the state government provides land, said minister at a press conference.
Last year, the UPA ministry announced a 4,000 MW project in Sambhar near Jaipur salt lake. The state government has pronounced environmental concerns about the project which is adjacent to a lake that is a prime site for migratory birds.
Rajasthan is a solar power potential rich state, where the problem of power theft is acute and minister had discussed the issue in detail with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
Power theft is terrific in Rajasthan and it has caused huge losses to discoms, almost Rs.55,000 crore from 2008-2013. The issue has been discussed with the CM and a plan is being worked out to address the issue, he said.
The government plans to provide 24×7 electricity supply in the state, and there are ways to make power available to its remote areas. Local needs can be met by generating and transmitting wind or solar power to remote villages and hamlets. There are plans under proposal, Goyal said.