10,000 villages to be electrified by March 2012: Abdullah
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 17:50
New Delhi: New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah today said as many as 10,000 remote villages across the country will be electrified with renewable energy sources by March 2012.

"We will provide electricity to 10,000 villages at the cost of Rs 500 crores the end of the current plan period," he said at a press conference on the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC).

The scheme will help in generating employment as one person each will be appointed at all the villages for maintenance of the power plants set up there, Abdullah said.

The type of plants to be set up at these centres will depend on the renewable energy source available there.

On the DIREC, Abdullah said the three-day seminar will begin tomorrow and be attended by 70 countries with 40 ministerial delegations.

The Minister said the US and China will be the largest participants and a number of MoUs will be signed between Indian and foreign new energy sector companies.

He said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will also take part in the event and meet the minister of Iceland, who has shown deep interest in developing geo-thermal energy sources in the country.

He said trials were on to exploit the energy potential of old water-mills in states such and Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.


First Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 17:50

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