Staff Correspondent

Kemar (Udupi DIST.): Energy Minister K.S. Eshwarappa said on Tuesday that the Government was giving priority to renewable energy sources.

Mr. Eshwarappa told presspersons that the Government wanted to generate 9,000 MW of power through renewable energy sources. But, only 900 MW of power was being produced through these sources. A few projects had been withdrawn from those who had not shown interest in them and given to those interested in them, he said.

The concern about the fly-ash problem in coal-based power plants would be taken care of by modern technology. Even the water released from these thermal plants would be cooled before discharging into the sea. Efforts were being made to convince the environmentalists, who had objected to some power projects. “We want development without harming the environment,” he said.

The Government would talk to genuine environmentalists and not the fake ones, who wanted only publicity. The Government was ready to take the environmentalists on a tour of coal-based ultra-mega power projects in other States to show the working of those plants. Union Power Minister S.K. Shinde had asked the State why it was not implementing ultra-mega power projects in the coastal districts as was being in other coastal States. The political parties in the State were unanimous on the need to increase power generation in the State, he said.