BHOPAL: Chief minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said that he was working on a programme of storage of solar energy in Madhya Pradesh. If his government succeeds in implementing it, Madhya Pradesh would be the leader in the energy storage sector.
Participating in the debate on the budgetary demands of the department of Industry policy and investment promotion, Nath said that he also intend to make Madhya Pradesh the hub of Artificial Intelligence (AI). “Enough of Bengaluru or Hyderabad, let’s make MP the centre of AI,” he said.
Later, the House passed the demand for the grant of Rs 3259.29 crore with voice votes.
Amid thumping of desks by the members of treasury benches, Kamal Nath unfolded his “vision of MP’s growth and development”.
CM said that he had been visiting Davos for the World Economic Summit for the past two decades. When he became the chief minister, he said, he started working on energy storage. “We have solar energy, but it is available only during the day. Availability of wind energy varies,” he said. Nath said that there was variety of energy storages. “There are variety of storage … if we could store 250-300 megawatt solar energy, the peak load can be balanced with this storage.”
He said that “the government issued advertisements in national and international media. Who is interested in energy storage. We wanted to see the expression of interest,” he told the house.
The chief minister said he was expecting response in the next 5 to 10 days. He said that a multinational company working in China was invited. “They don’t need money. They want land.”
He said that “if we could do this in Madhya Pradesh, the state would be able to take lead in the country in this direction … this is our vision,” he told the House.
Nath began his statement with the issue of jobs. He also said that “state like Madhya Pradesh was benefitted the most after the GST regime because of its central location. Now, people would want to set up industry in the state,” he said. “We are inviting the industries. But we also have to think about the logistics,” he told the House.
Nath said that the state will have to evolve its industrial policy with a new angle. He said that the industrialisation should have the youth at its centre.