Solar energy need of hour, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

PATNA: Chief minister (CM) Nitish Kumar laid emphasis on promoting the use of solar energy to save environment and maintain ecological balance on the third day of his Jal Jivan Hariyali Yatra on Thursday.

Addressing a public gathering at Bhagawanpur College in Siwan district after launching several development schemes worth over Rs 324 crore, Nitish said efforts were on to enthuse people to make optimal use of solar energy in their private buildings after the installation of solar plates on the government buildings and offices across the state.

Nitish said energy could be generated through solar plates installed over ponds as well. “At present ponds are being used for fisheries purposes only. Under the new scheme, while ponds could be used for fisheries, energy generated through solar plates over ponds would be purchased by the state government. Thus would help the farmers increase their income,” he added.

Appreciating the new model of ponds being used for generating solar power, Nitish said the model would be implanted in chaurs (wetlands). “To begin with, it would be implemented on the government land first. Solar plates installed on the land spread over 7.50 acres would generate one megawatt of power,” the CM said.

Highlighting the benefits of the new model, Nitish said it was more beneficial for farmers. “On the one hand it will increase their income, and on the other help save the environment,” he said, adding that there was a need to spread awareness among people to install solar plates on ponds and wetlands.

Listing the initiatives of the government in the field of education, the CM said school dropout rate in the government schools has reduced to less than 1 % from 12.50% when his government came to power. Nitish also said the condition of government hospitals had remarkably improved in the state. “A survey conducted in 2006 revealed that on an average 39 patients visited the primary health centres in a month while the number has gone up to 10,000 per month now,” he said.


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