Foundation Stone laid for 20MW Solar Power Project at Attam Pahad
The Lt. Governor, Lt. Gen AK Singh (Retd.), today laid the foundation stone for a 20 MW Solar Power Project which will come up at Attam Pahad. The Lt. Governor unveiled the plaque to mark the foundation stone laying in the presence of the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the Chief Secretary, Shri Anindo Majumdar, Chairman-cum-MD, NLC, Shri S. K. Acharya, PBMC Chairperson, Smt Sheela Singh, Shri V.K. Jain, Advisor, MNRE, New Delhi, Shri Selva Kumar, Director (Planning & Project) NLC, Principal Secretary (Power), Shri Arun Baroka, senior officers of the Administration and Councillors of PBMC.Expressing his deep satisfaction over the upcoming project, the Lt. Governor said that top priority is being given to make these Islands ‘Green’ by introducing new and renewable sources of energy to reduce dependency on diesel generated power. He stated that it is the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi to transform A&N Islands into ‘Green Islands’ and in this direction the project has been sanctioned and will be established by Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC). The cost will be borne on 50-50 basis by the Central Government and NLC, the Lt. Governor said. Similar projects are also planned at other location through NLC and NTPC for a total of 100 MW solar power. The Lt. Governor further informed that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is considering the introduction of LNG generated power in the Islands, as a replacement for diesel.
Highlighting the achievements of the A&N Islands, the Lt. Governor said that during the last few days, the Islands had witnessed many notable developments. The accordance of permission by MCI for the second term of MBBS course without any observation, selection of Port Blair as Smart City and unveiling of Veer Savarkar Jyot by BJP National President, Shri Amit Shahji at National Memorial, Cellular Jail are some of the major developments of the UT. The Lt. Governor also lauded the performance of students in the class X CBSE exams. He expressed his happiness over increase in the pass percentage from 84.29% last year to 97.81% this year, which is above the National average. He complimented the Principal Secretary (Edn.) and his team, as also the teachers, parents and students for this remarkable achievement.The Lt. Governor also urged the Government establishments to install rooftop solar power panels in their respective office buildings. He opined that commercial establishments should also set up their own power generation and reduce the dependency on Government generated power. The Lt. Governor also appealed to the officials of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC) to launch few initiatives as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility such as construction of public toilets in schools as well as public places.
The Lt. Governor also mentioned that people of the Islands are facing difficulty in getting refilled LPG Cylinder owing to shortage of distribution centres. He informed that proposal has been sent to the concerned Ministry for introducing more distribution centres and the issue was also taken up with Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum.The Lt. Governor said that everyone acknowledges that A&N Islands is moving at a fast pace of development. He attributed the successful implementation of various projects in the Islands due to the vision and guidance of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the support of the people of A&N Islands.In his introductory address, the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray said that with the commencement of establishing the 20 WM Solar Power Project in the Islands, the vision of Prime Minster, Shri Narendra Modi is being materialized. The MP also touched upon the importance of renewable energy in the Islands and welcomed NLC to the Islands. He also complimented Shri Arun Baroka and his team for the effort put in.In his address, the Chief Secretary, Shri Anindo Majumdar said that the establishment of 20MW Solar Power Project is a good beginning and a major milestone in the history of the Islands. NLC has taken the first initiative while the other Corporations will also join and follow suit in future, said the Chief Secretary.In his address, the Chairman and Managing Director, NLC, Shri S. K. Acharya highlighted the activities of NLC across the country. He said the 20MW Solar Power Project at Attam Pahad is the Corporation’s first Project in the Islands while another project will come up at North & Middle Andaman.In his welcome address, the Principal Secretary (Power), Shri Arun Baroka said that apart from Attam Pahad project; more solar power plant will also be set up at Chidiyatapu, Manglutan and Mithakhari as well while similar projects will also come up in N&M Andaman.