According to reports, Observing that it was “highly unlikely” that the New and Renewable Energy Ministry (MNRE) would achieve its targets under the national solar mission, a Parliamentary panel today pulled it up for its “disappointing” and “lackadaisical” approach towards the project.”
Under the NSM, the government plans to generate 20,000 MW power from solar energy sources in three phases by 2022 and the first phase is to be completed by 2013.
The Standing Committee on Energy said the “government is trying to achieve an extraordinary target with ordinary efforts and planning.”
“When the success of the whole mission critically depends on how things turn out in first phase of the mission, the lackadaisical approach of the Ministry in implementing the first phase of mission is not only disappointing but unacceptable also,” the report tabled in Parliament said.
The Committee pointed out that Ministry required Rs 12,000-15,000 crore to set up its first phase of the project which could not be met by its agency IREDA.
“The Ministry has not come up with any kind of understanding with any nationalised bank or financial institution to fund the projects of the NSM,” it said.
The panel headed by Motilal Vora (Congress) recommended that the government should act with urgency and dedication” to make NSM a grand success and take all steps necessary to remove hurdles.
“Set up a monetary mechanism to evaluate the success of the mission from time to time to ensure proper remedial measures for problems that may surface during implementation of the projects,” it said.