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JODHPUR: Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday inaugurated a 100 MW solar power plant at Nandia Kalan village near Jodhpur. Set up by Azure Power, this is the largest solar power plant in the state under 'Make in India' mission, which will cater to the needs of electricity of 30 villages.
Sharing the solar power vision of government, Raje said that the state will not only be independent in power generation but will become a surplus power state to the extent of 6,000 MW, which the state would be able to sell to other states.
Raje said that the state government has signed MoUs for 34,000 MW solar power generation in the state and soon the government is going to set up a solar grid in the state to harness this potential.
Appreciating the pace of work by Azure Power in the setting up and commissioning of this plant, Raje called upon the company to set up a unit for manufacturing of solar panels here only so as to cut down the cost.
According to the CEO of Azure Power Inderpreet Wadhwa, this is the largest capacity project under the National Solar Mission - II with the cost of power brought down by almost 70% from Rs 17.91/KWhr in 2009 to Rs 5.45/KWhr in 2015.
Later, Raje also laid the foundation stone for the new ISRO complex in Jodhpur. This is the fourth such centre in the country, which till now had been functioning from the CAZRI premises.
In her address, she said that there was a need of associating the students of schools and colleges with this centre in order to expand their horizons. "ISRO is an entity which everyone needs to be acquainted with," she said.
Recalling her stint in the space department under the government of A B Vajpayee, Raje said that ISRO had played an important role in nation's growth and development and this needed to be taken further for greater benefit of mankind.
She said that the government is upgrading and digitalising the land records of the state. "We are upgrading and digitalising the land records and would reach a stage in three years, where the villagers and farmers would not have to face any trouble," Raje said.
Raje also stressed the need of reviving the telemedicine sector and called upon the need of training to the youth of the state in this field, especially in ITIs.
Set up in Jodhpur in 1987, this centre of ISRO has so far worked on 2,800 projects and served over 200 states, national and international.
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