Checking facts before leveling accusations against the Telangana government appears to be a practice unknown to Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.
Nizamabad MP Dharmapuri Arvind, is no exception, with facts contradicting his claim that Telangana was not focusing on solar power projects available on the website of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
According to the data, Telangana outperforms or is on par with the majority of BJP-ruled states in terms of solar power generation. Telangana ranks fourth in solar power generation and fifth in renewable energy, according to MNRE data. In fact, Telangana ranks second in the country in terms of solar power capacity per unit area of landmass.
Arvind recently stated at a press conference that while the rest of the country was pushing solar power projects to meet their energy needs, the ‘Telangana government is not focusing on it.’
“The Telangana Chief Minister should take a cue from Gujarat which is promoting solar power on a large scale,” he said, clearly ignoring or unaware that Telangana was behind only Karnataka and Gujarat in solar power generation. Telangana generated 5076.1 MW of solar power as of September 2022. The state’s total renewable energy capacity was 15,914 MW.
Telangana aims to have a total installed capacity of 6,246 MW of solar power by the end of 2022-23, according to officials of the Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO). Uttar Pradesh has 2.3 GW of installed capacity, Madhya Pradesh has 2.7 GW, and Maharashtra has an operational capacity of 2.6 GW, which is significantly less than Telangana.
Telangana has the potential to develop 20.41 GW of solar power, according to the MNRE. Even Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy Bhagwanth Khuba praised Telangana’s efforts in the renewable energy space, stating that Telangana was making rapid progress toward meeting the target set under the National Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which has the goal of maximizing the generation of power from solar energy.
Telangana has 10.5 percent of India’s solar power capacity but only 3.5 percent of the country’s land, according to the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency, Invest India.
All of these statistics show that statements from the BJP and its leaders, such as Arvind, should always be taken with a grain of salt, with the tendency to twist facts for political gain becoming a saffron party trait.
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