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NMDC chief critical of the inadequacy of the National Solar Mission in India

According to reports, Mr Rana Som, Chairman and Managing Director of NMDC Ltd, on Saturday said that all sectors related to energy should be brought under a “single umbrella” to ensure the country’s energy security.

He was also critical of the inadequacy of the National Solar Mission to build adequate capacities in the renewable energy segment.

Addressing a seminar organised by the Mining, Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI) on energy security here on Saturday, Mr Som pointed out that the country’s response to manage either supply or demand for energy were far from satisfactory.

According to him, the coal-energy output ratio of the country’s thermal power sector has remained substantially low due to existence of a large number of archaic sub-critical power stations.

A change over to super-critical technology should improve the country’s energy output ratio by nearly 25 per cent.

While engaging into underground coal gasification (UCG) projects in difficult assets, is a need of the hour, the country should also pay attention to harness non-renewable energy.

Mr Som was particularly critical of the solar mission. “They are allowing each investor to set up a maximum of 1 MW capacity to generate a total of 20,000 MW. This policy should be overhauled,” he said.

“On the demand side, our (India’s) response is absolutely disastrous,” he added.

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