Madhya Pradesh has set an ambitious target of generating 22,000 MW power by 2022 and plans to invest nearly Rs 9,000 crore in strengthening the power infrastructure in the next three years. “We are working on taking the state’s energy potential to 22,000 MW by 2022 and in the next three years, we have plans to invest nearly Rs 9,000 crore in strengthening the power infrastructure in the state,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said addressing a function here on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day today.
Chouhan said said MP is already a power surplus state with availability of 17,169 MW power. The state is providing 24-hour uninterrupted power to non-agriculture sector and is making efforts for supplying 10-hour dedicated electricity for agriculture purpose. Referring to non-conventional energy sources, Chouhan said, at present, the state is producing 2,176 MW power from these sources. He said that subsidised LED bulbs are being given in the state at Rs 85 each and so far 50 lakh such lamps have been made available to the people for use, resulting in power saving worth Rs 1.5 crore daily.
Highlighting the state’s financial condition, Chouhan said, “It is because of able financial management that MP has remained a revenue-surplus state in the past 11 years and in last financial year, its GDP growth rate was 16.62 per cent.”
On the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, he said it was a matter of pride that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Yaad Karo Qurbani’ programme from Azad Nagar (Bhabhra), the birthplace of noted revolutionary leader Chandrashekhar Azad in Alirajpur district of the state. He said a ‘Shourya Smarak’ in Bhopal and a memorial for tribal warrior Bhima Nayak at Dhavdabadi in Barwani district will be dedicated to the public soon.