As part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ – to celebrate 75 years of India's Independence, the Ministry of Power and New & Renewable Energy is organizing ‘Bijli Mahotsav’ across all districts of India under the umbrella of Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya – Power @ 2047 amid active public participation.
Key achievements recorded in Power Sector in the last 8 years were highlighted through these events.Bijli Mahotsav kick started on 25th Jul-22 in district samba and over the last few days more 02 events/ activities were organized at Bari-Brahmana and Utterbehni in coordination with District administration.
The grand finale of Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya was organized on 30th July 2022. This was a National level celebration attended by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, who addressed the participants and beneficiaries from over 100 districts across the country through virtual mode.
In Samba the event was attended by Member Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma, District Development Council Chairman Keshav Dutt Sharma, Vice Chairman DDC Balwan Singh, MD JPDCL Shiv Anant Tayal, Deputy Commissioner Samba Anuradha Gupta and other dignitaries at conference hall DC office Samba.
During the event, PM also interacted with the beneficiaries of different schemes rolled out by the Government of India in the Power Sector.The Prime Minister also launched the Ministry of Power’s flagship Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme which is aimed at improving the operational efficiencies and financial sustainability of Distribution Companies. With an outlay of Rs.3,03,758 crore over a period of five years from FY 2021-22 to FY 2025-26, the scheme aims to provide financial assistance to DISCOMs for modernization and strengthening of distribution infrastructure, aiming at improvement of the reliability and quality of supply to end consumers.
It is also proposed to provide 25 crore Smart Prepaid meters to consumers all over the country.MP Jugal Kishore Sharma hailed the launching of the national portal for Rooftop solar, which will enable online tracking of the process of installation of rooftop solar plants, starting from registering the applications to release of subsidy to residential consumers’ (beneficiaries) bank account after installation and inspection of the plant. "This will be a major step towards realizing the solar rooftop potential of the nation and will contribute towards India’s target to produce 500 GW energy through non-fossil fuels committed in COP-26" added MP.
Other major launching events included dedicated 2 floating solar power projects 100MW Ramagundam in Telangana and 92MW Kayamkulam in Kerala which are the 2 largest such floating solar plants with more than 7.5 lakh ‘Made in India’ Solar Modules floating on water.The Prime Minister also laid foundation stone for three key green energy projects of NTPC- 735 MW Nokh Solar Project in Rajasthan, Green Hydrogen Mobility Project in Leh and Kawas Helium Blending with Natural Gas project in Gujarat.
The Green Hydrogen Mobility Project is the first deployment of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) for public use in India.All these 5 projects are estimated to be Rs 5000 Crores.Among others present on the occasion included DDC members, Karm Chand SE O&M Circle Kathua JPDCL, Neeraj Sharma SE Project Wing Jammu, JPDCL, Rajan Kumar Executive Director NHPC/Nodal officer J&K, Suprakash Adhikari Group General Manager NHPC, Nodal Officer RaghuNath Jhoor, besides other officers were also present.