According to reports, bringing the focus back on inadequate power generation in the state, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said his government was committed to improving power generation in UP.
Emphasising the need to tap non-conventional energy sources to boost power generation, Akhilesh said biomass power generation plants are a viable alternate that can boost the state’s manufacturing capacity.
Speaking on the sidelines of a presentation on clean and non-conventional energy sources, Akhilesh said, “Small projects based on non-conventional energy sources will not only help deal with the poor crisis but also keep the environment clean.”
Directing officials to explore possibilities of increasing UP’s manufacturing capacity, especially through non-conventional sources of power, Yadav also ordered a survey to study the viability of these projects at different locations in the state.
The chief minister added that since such power generation plants depend on agro-based products, setting up more small scale units would also help create employment opportunities in rural areas, apart from earning revenue from agricultural waste.
Akhilesh said non-conventional and smaller power units were easier to establish in comparison to traditional thermal units, which are capital intensive and take longer to set up and start generation. Smaller biomass-based power units, on the other hand, he added, could address power needs locally. Asserting that the state government is committed towards improving the power scenario in the state, the CM said it was paramount for UP’s development.
He added that as an agrarian economy, there could be no shortage of biomass in Uttar Pradesh. As a result, it has the potential of being a good source of power, apart from generating waste, which can also be harnessed for other productive purposes.