Goyal, a Mumbaikar, has set out ambitious plans to address the national capital’s power concerns. “I have promised that I will make Delhi like Mumbai, as far as power is concerned. This will be a Mumbaikar’s gift to Delhi, so people don’t have to buy inverters and generators,” Goyal said in an interview to dna.
Three days ago, minister of state for power and renewable energy Piyush Goyal went along the marine drive in Mumbai appreciating the new white LED lights which gave out twice the illumination. “It really looks like a Queen’s necklace now,” he said.The LED lighting was part of the citywide plans of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) to reduce electricity costs.Goyal, a Mumbaikar, has set out ambitious plans to address the national capital’s power concerns. “I have promised that I will make Delhi like Mumbai, as far as power is concerned. This will be a Mumbaikar’s gift to Delhi, so people don’t have to buy inverters and generators,” Goyal said in an interview to dna.His country-wide plans to improve the power scenario are aimed at ensuring “power to all” by 2019. Goyal, who was minister in waiting when US President Barack Obama visited India recently, has been given charge of the five seats of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, which the BJP has never won so far.With political parties competing on bijli-paani promises in the run-up to the Delhi election, some of Goyal’s power targets for Delhi reflect in the BJP’s vision document released here on Tuesday.The minister said the government’s plans include a slew of rooftop solar panels beginning with Delhi, converting streetlights in the city, providing two LED bulbs, which are more expensive than CFLs but last longer and consume less energy, to each consumer at a subsidised Rs 10 and giving smart metres to enable consumers to know on mobile phones how much power has been consumed. The government wants to ensure 24-hour power in Delhi by 2017 and has invested Rs 7791 crore to upgrade power systems.”We want to create an infrastructure which will have the ability to transfer power to Delhi. We will strengthen the sub-transmission network, by bringing underground cables and smart metres wherever required and bringing redundancy in system similar to that in Mumbai so there will be surplus capacity to take care of spike in demand and ensure it never fails,” Goyal said.Asked why past governments in Delhi had not taken these steps to end the power crisis, he said, “It is the typical mindset of governments to not plan with the future in mind. They lived from day to day. These are long-term improvements but people get carried away easily by short-term freebies.”He spoke of plans to increase solar energy by five times. “Today the country has 3,000 MW of solar energy. The National Mission aimed at 20000 MW by 2020. Prime minister Narendra Modi has moved the needle and committed to deliver one lakh MW by 2020.
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