Use Tamnar money for rooftop solar panels, say Greens

May 19, 2022 | 06:30 IST

Use Tamnar money for rooftop solar panels, say Greens

Criticizing Energy Minister Dhavalikar’s statement on launching Tamnar project after monsoon

Team Herald

MARGAO: Environmentalists are of the opinion that if the money spent on transmission lines is used to provide solar panels on the roofs, everyone would get free electricity. It would also honor the Prime Minister’s promise to establish 358MW of solar power by 2022, they claim

Speaking to Herald, they also said the provision of solar panels initiative would help create jobs in Goa.

Apparently, Energy Minister Sudin Dhavalikar had advocated for the Tamnar power project saying the same is important for Goa which depends on other states for electricity. He even said that the Tamnar power transmission project would start after the monsoon.

Environmentalist Abhjit Prabhudesai asked for clarification on the project’s impact on electricity bills.

“Goa Power Minister Sudin Dhavalikar has made a totally irresponsible statement that Tamnar power project will start after monsoon even though forest and wildlife clearances in Goa and Karnataka have to be obtained for the alignment proposed by the Supreme Court, after feasibility and impact assessment studies are carried out,” said Prabhudesai.

He said that the Minister of Energy justified this irresponsible statement with an equally negligent attitude towards Goa’s contribution to achieving 358 MW of solar power by the end of 2022, which is mandatory considering of the Prime Minister’s commitment to the global community to fight climate change.

The Minister of Energy is bound by our country’s fight against global warming, which requires us to stop building transmission lines for dirty electricity derived from burning coal in Chhattisgarh and instead give free rooftop solar panels to all Goans, Prabhudesai urged.

“An important point should be kept in mind and that is the control and operation of our electricity supplies which will be in the hands of a private company, with no clarity on the impact this will have on our bills. of electricity, if the proposed project is completed,” Prabhudesai said.

He further accused the government of hiding the implications on the bills to be paid by the people of Goa.

He said one of the documents clearly shows that Goa could see a cumulative loss of Rs 1,367 crore by the end of the 2018-19 financial year, which can be recovered if Goa gets a weighted average tariff increase on ABR for all consumers by 14%, 13% in fiscal years 2016-17 and 2017-18 and 11% in fiscal year 2018-19.

Siddharth Karapurkar said that public money is wasted on useless projects by the government.


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