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
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