India poised to become clean energy capital of the world: Piyush Goyal

The government is focused on increased use of clean technologies and renewable power generation as it has embarked on a mission of making India the Clean Energy Capital of the world, minister of state for power, coal, new and renewable energy, Piyush Goyal, said.

Speaking at a function to release NTPC's book on bio diversity, 'The Good Earth', Goyal said the Indian economy will grow by leaps and bound and so will NTPC fulfilling the aspirations of all Indians. He also planted a sapling along with students to commemorate Environment Day at a function held in Noida today.

NTPC, which has the largest number of coal-fired polluting power stations, is also taking a lead in setting up renewable energy projects like solar and wind power projects.

The minister emphasised the need to restore forest cover that has depleted over a period of time through massive tree plantation.

He urged NTPC to increase its tree plantation target and keep a proper record reflecting ownership of the activity. He suggested NTPC nurturing a green patch in all the states it has operations.

NTPC, he said, has successfully demonstrated its ability to deliver large projects and producing power in an efficient reliable and affordable manner.

He said the power sector in India is focusing on environment sustainability and NTPC has taken a lead by preserving flora and fauna in and around its power stations. The book released on Friday captures the long term efforts of NTPC in the direction and shall be an inspiration for all corporate to care for environment.

He congratulated NTPC family on its 4,670 MW largest power station Vindhyachal achieving 100.05 per cent PLF generating 114 MUs in a day on Thursday.

Gurdeep Singh, CMD said NTPC is deeply committed to environmental sustainability and has taken many initiatives for its betterment.

The company is focused on mitigating the impact of its operations and pursues progressive environment systems and practices, he said.