On December 22nd, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a private firm for a 1,000MW solar plant to be built at a cost of Rs 7,000 crore in Baori.
Raje, who was on her first vist to Jodhpur after taking charge as chief minister, also laid the foundation stones of a 100MW solar plant, a mega drinking water project, and inaugurated a grid sub-station. "We are committed to creating an investor-friendly environment in the state, and we are progressing towards achieving the target of 25,000MW solar energy generation in the next five years," she said while singing the MoU with Azure Power.
The chief minister said the priority for the government at this point is to deal with energy security and climate change. Raje assured the people of her government’s resolve to develop the state on all fronts. She also promised the investors that they will get as many help needed from her government.
The 100MW solar plant is spread over 725 acres of land at Hardhani and Nandia Kalan in Jodhpur’s Baori and will supply electricity to 1,00,000 households and create an estimated 1,500 jobs. The project is expected to be completed by April next year; the mega water project in Tiwari tehsil of Jodhpur is to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 396.63 crore and would address the drinking water needs of 59 villages and 892 hamlets; Lastly, the 400KV grid sub-station (GSS) inaugurated is located at Kankani village near Jodhpur. To be set up at a cost of Rs 1,062 crore, the GSS would be completed in next 2 years by the Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited.
The state government had requested Union Energy Minister Piyush Goyal to write off a power debt of Rs 77,000 crore, she said.