Vice-President calls for strong Centre- states cooperation

Our Bureau Chennai October 16 | Updated on January 08, 2018 Published on October 16, 2017

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu flanked by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (right), and Governor Banwarilal Purohit at the commissioning of a solar power plant at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Monday   -  Bijoy Ghosh

State governments should work with the Centre to complete development agenda, said Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu.

“Both state and Central governments should work together to complete several transformative measures that have been taken up,” he said.

He was addressing a meeting after unveiling a plaque that marked the commissioning of a 400-kWp solar power plant at the Raj Bhavan, and releasing a book titled Those Eventful Days, written by Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who was holding additional charge as Governor of Tamil Nadu till recently, here.

While applauding Vidyasagar Rao for his handling of the political crisis in Tamil Nadu after the demise of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Naidu said that Governors were representative of the Constitution and not parallel power centres. The real powers were with the Council of Ministers.

Vidyasagar Rao said that Tamil Nadu is the richest state in terms of history, culture and language among others things and he could maintain a cordial relationship with all parties in the state during his short tenure.

Tamil Nadu’s new Governor Banwarilal Purohit said the 400 kWp solar power plant, which was initiated during Rao’s time, would meet about 80 per cent of the energy needs of Raj Bhavan and annual savings by establishing the solar unit were estimated at about ₹45 lakh.

The ground-mounted grid-interactive solar unit will help in cutting four lakh kg of CO2 emission per year.

Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu said the State was at the forefront of harnessing renewable energy in the country. The total installed capacity of solar power in the State is about 186 MW, which includes 78 MW of rooftop solar.

“Tamil Nadu is able generate 800-1200 MW of solar power during the day time,” he said.

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Published on October 16, 2017
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