Imphal, March 7th, 2018 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the primary objective of the present government is to deliver citizen centric governance to solve the problems faced by the people at grassroots in the State. This was stated by him at the inauguration of 6 Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants (400 kW) at different Government Buildings held at City Convention, Imphal yesterday. The six Grid connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants are installed at City Convention Centre (100kW), National Sports Academy (100kW), Inter State Bus Terminus(100kW), Secured Office Complex (25kW), Manipur State Film Development Society (25kW) and Manipur State Kala Academy (50kW).
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that with the developmental oriented politics of the visionary leader of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the entire North East region is experiencing a ‘change’. He maintained that proper communication and unity is needed among the States of the North East to overcome any obstacle faced by any State of the region. With the support of the people and development oriented and human approach policies of the governments, the gap and mistrust among the people of different states has been minimized.
Chief Minister said that in such short period of time the government could able to inaugurate the six numbers of grid connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants of 400 kW in the State. He assured that out of the about 300 unelectrified villages, more than 250 villages have been electrified and the rest would be electrified within this month.
Regarding the availability of Helicopter services in the State, Chief Minister said that a formal order would be issued by the Home Ministry within this week for the inauguration of service and is likely to be announced by the Union Home Minister when he visits the State on 15th March.
To overcome the problem of water scarcity in the hill districts, he said that the government is setting up rain water harvesting schemes in the hill districts. A mass tree plantation campaign would be initiated in the hill districts by April, 2018, he added. In Tamenglong district, a 50 crore water supply project has already been started. He assured that three Women’s Market being constructed at Ukhrul, Jiribam and Churachandpur would be inaugurated by 15th March, 2018. And the remaining Women’s Markets in other hill districts would be inaugurated within this month.
Seeking positive suggestions and advice from the people towards maintaining good governance in the State, Chief Minister said that the present government is working for the welfare of the people and have not done anything for the people with any wrong intentions. Mentioning that feedbacks gathered from Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day has contributed a lot towards maintaining transparency and better governance, he said that such initiatives has filled the gaps and mistrust among the hills and valley in the State. Anti-Corruption Cell has taken up various steps and actions to make corruption a free State, he added. The Government’s campaign on ‘War against Drugs’ has been so far successful. Illegal poppy plants have been destroyed from various parts of the State. Above 1000 acres of poppy plantation have been destroyed so far. Alternative livelihood including soft loans would be provided to those affected farmers, he added.
While delivering the Presidential address, Minister for Power, PWD, IPR Shri Th. Biswajit Singh said that among the various initiatives or steps taken up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Renewable Energy mission is one of the important to provide power supply to the people of the country. He assured that some solar projects are in the pipeline and would be inaugurated within the month of March.
Minister said that Solar Energy is often termed as Green Energy. The raw material for solar energy is sunlight and it is available all the time. Such solar mission has been taken up to provide power supply at subsidised rates to the people without using the natural resources, he added. He maintained that for the power sector, all the power lines will be upgraded to 800-1000 main wire lines to make sure that there would be no shortage of power in the state. He assured that there would be no shortage of power in the State in the coming years.
Minister also said that there would be improvement in every sector including road and power sector in the State. He also encouraged the people of the State to install such rooftop solar panels/system at their homes and local clubs. He said that people’s support and encouragement is needed to bring development in the State.
Minister for PHE Shri Losii Dikho, Chairman MANIREDA Shri Ginsaunhau, MLAs Shri Th. Satyabrata Singh, Shri H. Dingo, Shri P. Brojen, Shri O. Lukhoi, Shri Y. Surchandra, Shri Khasim Vashum, Shri N. Indrajit, Chief Secretary Shri R.R Rashmi, Secretary to CM Shri N. Ashok Kumar, officials of MANIREDA, MSPDCL and others attended the function.
It may be mentioned that the total cost of the projects is Rs. 3,21,47,552 and is funded by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE), Government of India and Government of Manipur and is being implemented by Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency(MANIREDA). These 400kWp power plants has generated about 80,000 kWh (electrical units) so far. An additional capacity of 215kWp is under installation process with 200 kWp at Khengjang Sub-Station, Churachandpur and 15kWp at Directorate of Handloom and Textiles, Takyelpat.