Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the ultra mega solar power plant of 750 MW in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, on Friday, which he claimed that it is Asia’s largest solar power-plant. BJP Minister agreed with his claims but it did not go well with the Congress.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday seemed to question the government over its claim that the 750 megawatt (MW) Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power project in Madhya Pradesh as Asia’s largest.
The former Congress president tweeted just one word and tagged a post from the Twitter handle of the Prime Minister’s Office.
“Asatyagrahi!” Gandhi posted.
The word in Hindi means someone who practises the policy of untruth.
After Rahul Gandhi, the INC spokesperson, Pawan Khera also said that “Honourable
Mr. Yeddyurappa ji, when the Prime Minister has said that Rewa’s solar plant is the largest, the responsibility of making this untrue claim true now falls on both of you. Please have your states solar plant closed. #असत्याग्रही_मोदी
माननीय @ashokgehlot51 जी व माननीय @CMofKarnataka श्री येदियुरप्पा जी, जब प्रधान मंत्री ने कह दिया है कि रीवा का सोलर प्लांट सबसे बड़ा है तो उनके इस असत्य को सत्य बनाने की ज़िम्मेदारी अब आप दोनों पर आ जाती है। कृपया अपने राज्यों के सोलर प्लांट को बंद करवाएँ। #असत्याग्रही_मोदी pic.twitter.com/iTZ96Q1Oow
— Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) July 11, 2020
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief D.K. Shivakumar took to Twitter to express his ire.
BJP Central Govt is claiming today that it inaugurated Asia's Largest Solar Plant of 750 MW at Rewa, MP
— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) July 10, 2020
“The BJP-led Central government is claiming today that it has inaugurated Asia’s Largest Solar Plant of 750MW at Rewa, MP. Now, what is the 2,000MW solar plant in Pavagada, Karnataka, which was built in just 3 years by @INCKarnataka govt and has been operational since 2018?,” asked Shivakumar, who, as the then state energy minister, had piloted the Pavagada project.
Shivakumar dared the Union power minister to answer as to how the Central government could claim that Rewa Solar Park (750MW) was the largest in Asia, when the Pavagada park was much larger (2,000MW) and was opened two years back.
The Pavagada park was developed by the Karnataka Solar Park Development Corporation Limited (KSPDCL), a joint venture between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and the Karnataka Renewable Energy (KREDL). The lands were taken on an annual rent of Rs 21,000/acre, with provision for revision.
Of the total 2,050MW capacity, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) implemented 600MW of solar PV projects, SECI implemented 200MW, while KREDL implemented 1,250MW. The last 200MW capacity was commissioned in December 2019.