Mangalore, Mar 2: “The government has initiated a rooftop solar project, wherein power obtained from solar energy can be used for household needs, and surplus power is passed on to the electricity grid by meter. Everyone should make optimum use of this system,” said energy minister D K Shivakumar.

Addressing a press meet at Mescom office here on Sunday March 2, he said, “Consumers of rooftop solar energy will be paid Rs 8.40 per slab. Solar policy is new and people should come forward to implement it. The government will also educate people on this project. This project has been introduced for the benefit of the people, and it will be implemented in buildings in future.

“Farmers will get 7 hours electricity as subsidy of Rs 6,200 crore has been reserved in the recent budget. The government has planned to make Karnataka a power sufficient state for political stability and industrial growth, and partcularly to attract new investments,” he added.

“The government has strictly ordered all zilla panchayats, municipalities and corporations to sanction electricity for the purpose of drinking water within 24 hours of filing the application. Considering that exam times are approaching, officers have been directed to avoid load-shedding in the interest of students.

There may be sporadic power cuts due to technical issues but these will be exception,” he added.

“Under the concept of ‘one nation one grid’, on March 4 we will sign an agreement to purchase 450 mw of power from Damodar valley project. Also, tenders will be called to buy 1000 mw of power on a long term basis and action will be taken accordingly. All states are welcome to take part,” he said.

As per MLA J R Lobo’s demand, the government will have a new chief electrical inspectorate in Mangalore for four districts. Its office will be inaugurated very soon, he said.

J R Lobo and Mescom MD Govindappa were present.