State lags behind in green energy push, loses Rs 194 cr on solar projects
Madhya Pradesh government’s negligence in mobilising central funds for green energy push is affecting its ambitious projects, bringing to fore lapses by Urja Vikas Nigam (UVN) and the energy department, which recently lost a grant of Rs 194 crore for supplying solar pumps, LED lights and LED bulbs.While the officials blame Centre for ignoring the state, it was disclosed that finance department’s apathy in taking up the issue in a planned time-bound manner, resulted into a big lapse of grant for the selected renewable energy projects.”The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) through NITI Ayog, had sanctioned Rs 194 crore as additional central assistance (ACA) for external aided projects of green energy. In Madhya Pradesh, three projects were approved by the ministry for which UVN had sent proposals. But, we failed to get the Central grant,” said UVN chief engineer, Bhuvnesh Patel.Patel, however, did not reveal the reason behind the lapse adding, “We were ready for the projects and the proposals were also approved by the Planning Commission. But as the financial year concluded the government (finance department) failed to pursue the matter.”Officials in the energy department disclosed that Rs 194 grant was additional financial assistance to the state which meant a lot. This was provided under clean energy fund, which was laying with the finance department. The objective was to provide Rs 85 crore for solar pumps to be distributed to the farmers, Rs 75 crore for LED lights to be installed in Ujjain, Mandsaur and Dewas districts during Simhastha festival and Rs 35 crore for LED bulbs which are to be distributed to public at subsidized rates.