New Delhi: Amid his thrust on clean energy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday asked states to work proactively to enable speedy implementation of solar power projects.
His views came while reviewing the progress of key infrastructure projects in power, railway, metro rail, coal and iron ore mining, road and aviation sectors spread over several states at the sixth interaction through PRAGATI - the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.
During the interaction, he reviewed in particular the progress of development of solar energy parks in 17 states across the country.
This assumes significance as during his just-concluded visit to the US, Modi underscored that his government was working in mission mode to tap clean energy sources like solar power as part of efforts to fight climate change.
"Solar energy is very vital for India's energy security," the PM tweeted.
In this context, he said states should work proactively towards creating conducive policy framework to enable speedy implementation of solar power projects, a PMO statement said.
During the review, Modi expressed concern over undue delay in processing of requests for patents and trademarks and directed that these processes to be brought in line with global standards within a reasonable timeframe.
He also called for an overhaul of the patent application filing process and a drastic reduction in the number of forms required for this process, the statement said.
The Prime Minister, on the request of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, also reviewed the progress on Lucknow Metro Rail Project (Phase 1A) and expressed satisfaction that several clearances have been given after the project was flagged for review under PRAGATI.
He also reviewed the Khurda-Bolangir new Broad Gauge Rail link, on the request of Odisha.
Progress on the new Pakyong Airport in Sikkim was also reviewed with Modi describing it as a crucial project for connectivity and development of tourism in the state and asking the state to work proactively for its timely implementation.