The Ministry of Power released a statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated a 50 MW LNG-based power project at Hope Town in South Andaman. He also laid the foundation stone for two other projects on clean cooking and electric mobility in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The power plant worth Rs 387.80 crore will be built at Ferrarganj tehsil by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam(NVVN) which is a fully-owned subsidiary of NTPC. It is expected to take 18 months to be fully operational. It aims at not only boosting the economic development but also improving the quality of life of people living in the islands.
The Prime Minister distributed Solar PV-based induction cookstoves to households at Chouldari village, thereby introducing them to a clean and hassle-free cooking option.
The induction cookstoves are introduced with required accessories like one kW PV modules, lithium-ion battery, power inverter, charge controller etc.
Also, 20 electric vehicles were provided to the Andaman & Nicobar Administration. This move will help the administration embrace e-mobility and save more than 33,280 litres of diesel per year. Also, it would significantly reduce the CO2 emission by more than 89.2 tonnes annually.