Goa Power Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said on Tuesday that the Tamnar project is important for the coastal state as it will add 1200 MW power to the capacity of the power deficit state, which has been at the receiving end of a string of indiscriminate power cuts this summer.
Dhavalikar lamented that Goa doesn't have a single power generation plant, adding that in order to overcome the power woes, the government would formulate a solar policy within one month and introduce it within the subsequent two months.
He said the state government is encouraging the use of solar panels and a scheme for farmers has been launched, which benefits them with a subsidy of 90 per cent on total expenditure.
Speaking about the Tamnar project, Dhavalikar said that people opposed it as the environment was getting affected due to the felling of trees.
"But now as the Supreme Court has suggested to realign the transmission line with the existing line, there will be no loss of trees," he said.
"This project is very important to us as it will give us additional 1200 MW power. Work on this project is possible only after the rainy season gets over as Goa and Karnataka receive heavy rainfall," Dhavalikar said.
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