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Working on solar power at Re 1 per unit: Kejriwal

The installations will be eligible for an additional incentive of Rs 2/kWh of generation-based incentive from the Delhi government

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said his government is working on a new model to provide solar power to the city at Re 1 per unit.

Kejriwal was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the city’s first large-scale residential solar power plant on the rooftop of five residential societies in south-west Delhi’s Dwarka having a capacity of 416.5 KW.

The five residential societies included Ispat CGHS, Saksham Apartments, Supriya Apartments, Balaji Apartments and Navratan Apartments. The power from the new plants would be available at Rs 2.64 per unit.

“In the coming months, we will try to provide power at Re 1 to the people as our Power Minister Satyendar Jain is working on a new solar power model,” Kejriwal said.

“The plant was set up without any additional land being used. This clean energy will replace over 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the life of the plant,” Kejriwal said.

Each year, over 4.8 lakhs units of power will be generated through the plant.

The solar power plants are being set up by Delhi-based residential solar power projects developer Oakridge Energy, the leading rooftop solar developer in north India with a special focus on institutions, residential societies and individual homes.

The plants will be set up under the power purchase agreement (PPA) mode which would amount to no upfront investment from the residents of Dwarka sector as they will only be paying for the power produced at tariffs as low as Rs 4.5/kWh, a statement said.

Further, the installations will be eligible for an additional incentive of Rs 2/kWh of generation-based incentive from the Delhi government, it added.

“The plants will generate over 4.8 lakh units of power each year or over 1.2 crore over 25 years. At present tariff levels, it results in saving of about Rs 2 crore to the societies at current tariff slabs, with no upfront payment required from their side,” said Oakridge Energy CEO Shravan Sampath, adding the entire investment would be footed by the company which would generate revenue by charging the societies for the power generated.

Power Minister Jain said the main reason why many people do not opt for solar plants was the cost of installation, which was very high.

“The government, therefore, has initiated this scheme where people do not have to pay for installation,” he said.

Kejriwal said it was the first time that solar plants were being installed on such a grand scale. He welcomed private enterprises to come forward and work with his government to step up solar power generation and reduce dependence on conventional means.

The Chief Minister also said the power tariffs in Delhi were lesser than Mumbai.

“If you compare power tariff with other states, 400 units of power in Delhi would cost around Rs 1,200 and in Mumbai, it would cost Rs 4,000. We are able to give uninterrupted power supply, with some exceptions, as promised during elections,” he said.

The AAP chief further added that the party will hold meetings with all the Residents Welfare Associations (RWA) across the national capital in the upcoming months on starting similar initiatives.

The Delhi Government is aiming to generate 1,000 MW by 2020 and 2,000 MW by 2025 through rooftop solar installation.

In May, Kejriwal inaugurated the city’s first rooftop solar power plant, having a capacity of 140-KW, at IP Extension’s Milan Colony, making it the first group housing society in the national capital to have its own solar power plant.

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Coronavirus: Karnataka’s Covid tally crosses 5 lakh

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Bengaluru, Sep 19 : With 8,626 fresh cases across the state on Friday, Karnataka’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh mark, while 10,949 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours.

“The number of positive cases across the state is 5,02,982, including 1,01,129 active cases, while 3,94,026 cases were discharged since March 8,” said the health bulletin.

With 179 patients succumbing to the infection during the day, the state’s toll has gone up to 7,808.

Bengaluru, which is the epicentre of the disease in the state, registered 3,623 cases during the day, taking its tally to 1,87,705, including 41,914 active cases, while 1,43,198 patients were discharged till date, with 2,725 in the last 24 hours.

With 37 deaths during the day, the city’s toll has increased to 2,592.

“The number of patients in the intensive care units (ICU) across the state is 814, including 271 in Bengaluru Urban district, Dharwad 74, Ballari 67 and Hassan 62,” the bulletin said.

Mysuru saw 600 new cases, Udupi 493, Dakshina Kannada 456, Ballari 296, Shivamogga 257 and Belagavi 221.

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One dead, 22 fall sick after consuming ‘local alcohol’ in Andhra

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Visakhapatnam, Sep 18 : One person died and 22 others fell sick after consuming suspected ‘local alcohol’ in three villages of Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district.

“There were 22 cases reported. The complaint basically is swelling in the leg, pain in the stomach, and reddishness in the eyes. There was no other symptom. By the time this came to us, one person died,” Visakhapatnam District Collector V. Vinay Chand told IANS.

Chinaraba, Kotaparthy and Kakaravalasa are the three villages where the sickness afflicted the unsuspecting tribals.

Chinaraba has a population of 248, Koaparthy 95 and Kakaravalasa 125. Most of the ailing tribals are in their 30s and 40s.

Kakaravalasa is 52 km north west of Vishakhapatnam.

All the 22 who fell sick, were shifted to the King George Hospital (KGH) in Visakhapatnam for treatment.

Though the health department conducted a medical camp in the tribal village, they did not improve, necessitating them to be shifted to KGH.

“The condition of all of them is stable and they are being continuously monitored. They have all been tested for Covid, they have all turned negative,” said Chand.

The health department has collected more blood samples from the tribals for further testing, those results are expected in a day.

Chand said the tribals were also diagnosed with malnourishment.

Though the reason for the tribals’ ailment hasn’t been established, officials are suspecting the consumption of local alcohol.

“It is suspected that there was some consumption of liquor. The tribals normally consume locally available liquor. However, this is yet to be confirmed,” the Collector clarified.

According to Chand, tribals were known to be consuming various types of locally available alcohol, however, he said if that liquor was contaminated or illicit is not clear.

“There are a lot of stories going around, I’m not really sure until we get more information and I cannot confirm or negate anything. Probable reason was any consumption of locally available toddy, but that is also subject to confirmation,” the officer observed.

The medical camp will continue for the next 7 – 10 days in the tribal villages. Medical staff are educating the tribals on personal hygiene, washing hands and drinking warm water.

They were also advised on coronavirus, told to refrain from consuming stored meat and also explained the adverse effects of alcohol.

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Liquor mafia operating in Punjab, Centre should probe: Congress MP

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New Delhi, Sep 18 : Charging that a liquor mafia was operating in Punjab under political patronage, a Congress MP from the state on Friday demanded the Centre”s intervention and probe into the matter through the CBI or independent agencies.

Congress MP Shamsher Singh Dullo raised the matter during the Zero Hour in the Upper House of Parliament, saying “no action” has been taken in the matter despite 136 people losing their life in the state recently after consuming spurious liquor.

Dullo said, in the recent hooch tragedy in the state, 150 people were hospitalised in addition to 136 deaths.

While several people have turned blind after drinking spurious liquor, kidneys of many have been impacted but no action has been taken against the perpetrators of the crime, he said, demanding compensation for the family of those killed and impacted.

He charged that the “liquor mafia in the state was operating under political patronage” and there was a police nexus.

Nine illegal distilleries were being run and supplying liquor to neighbouring Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh among other states, the MP said.

He said neighbouring countries were involved in it and demanded the Centre”s intervention to probe the issue through the CBI a retired high court judge or any independent agency so that culprits could be booked.

Dullo said he met the governor of the state but no action has been taken and that the matter pertains to inter-state illegal racket and theft of taxes.

Raising another issue during the Zero Hour, Tiruchi Siva (DMK) demanded 90 per cent representation in jobs to residents of the state in local enterprises, saying at present there is an unequal representation of states in Central government jobs.

In the recently conducted exams in the state for various central government undertakings including Chennai Petrol, the percentage of locals was minimum, he said.

In Tamil Nadu alone, 84 lakh people have registered themselves with employment exchanges and the percentage of unemployment was 7.6 per cent despite the youth there being qualified and securing top ranks in the UPSC, he said.

He also noted that highly qualified people had applied for the post of sanitary workers due to high unemployment in the state.

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