Former president enjoyed a special bond with the former UP Chief Minister
This Day 15 October in 1931 was born one of the top scientists acclaimed as India’s Missile Man and 11th President He was Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. He would have been 87 today.
The revered scientist who had to hawk newspapers during his childhood to eke out a living was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. Recipient of the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, Kalam saheb died on 27 July 2016 in Shillong.
Socialist workers of India’s heartland remember the popular scientist Kalam more for his affinity with current national president of Samajwadi Party and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Akhilesh himself had been a very serious reader and admirer of Kalam’s life and times. In fact, both had cultivated a great amount of mutual respect and admiration like a bond of trust and affection between a mentor and a student.
In the picture below we can see the solar panels of Bundelkhand which was possible due to former CM Akhilesh’s keen interest in the promotion and development of solar and other new renewable energy resources. Being an environmental engineer, he was deeply conscious of the importance of Green Energy.
In his five-year rule, Akhilesh’s government was making all efforts to promote solar power generation in the state. It was his personal ambition to give big thrust to solar energy. In his pursuit of innovation to meet the rising power demand of UP, youth icon socialist leader received a commendable support in former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
On 8 July 2015, the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam inaugurated a 250 KW solar power plant in Kannauj. The plant had been feeding two villages in Tirwa region — Fakirpura and Chanduahaar. People could get electricity not only for domestic purposes but also for commercial activities.
Kannauj is the parliamentary constituency of first Lady Dimple Yadav, the chief minister’s wife.
Akhilesh then in the august presence of Dr Kalam had said that 3.65 lakh units of electricity would be generated every year. This would also bring down the carbon-dioxide emission levels.
Every household in the villages were also given two LED bulbs of 5 and 7 watt each.
SP government had also ensured the availability of solar packs for houses under the Dr. Lohia Grameen Awaas Yojna, which enabled two LED lights and a ceiling fan to run.
Dr Kalam was ecstatic at the arrangement of the solar power plant. He had encouraged Akhilesh to go for more electrical rickshaws as they were Eco-friendly and decreased pollution. He also administered an oath to the people to fight against social evils.
Advocating the need for clean energy, former missile man said power requirement for ‘21st century India’ would increase and one should focus on renewable energy generation to meet the situation. “We have to give attention in producing clean energies like solar, wind and nuclear.”
” Indians are still far behind in comparison to foreigners as far as consumption of power is concerned. A US citizen consume 10 times, while Dubai national consume 15 and a Singaporean 12 times more power than any average Indian.”
“We live in a country that gets eight hours of sunlight and we have 250 million households. Clean (solar) energy for all these household will save a lot of energy. One should innovate and work on technologies that will boost nation’s economic development.”
Under Akhilesh’s leadership, Uttar Pradesh had the growth rate more than the average growth rate of India.
Being such a large state, UP has a large market potential. There were so many innovative and ambitious schemes in his mind and heart. One such scheme was to provide RO water facility to school children through solar panel.
The state was grow by leaps and bounds in the area of solar power. Kannauj solar plant was the first project in the state.
Six months later in January 2016, Akhilesh inaugurated a 50-megawatt solar power plant at Jalaun in the arid Bundelkhand region.
The solar power unit, spread over 250 acres, was set up by Essel Infraprojects Limited (EIL) under the levelised power tariff scheme.
The solar power plant spans two villages of Kuhana and Shajahanpur in Jalaun. The power purchase agreement (PPA) of the plant is valid for the next 25 years and is estimated to generate 85 million units per annum.
The plant plays a pivotal role in reducing the carbon footprints by 45,000 tonne and help light 25,000 houses in the state.
Akhilesh had allso announced the solar mini-grid and rooftop solar plant policies to encourage the renewable energy space. His government had set the objective of providing 24- and 22-hr power supply in the urban and rural areas, respectively, by 2017.
Unfortunately, people of the province could not make sense of his high velocity ‘Good Governance’ model and lost out on the huge opportunity to improve the quality of their lives by falling prey to destructive propaganda of the BJP.