Mangalore: D K Shivakumar urges people to adopt rooftop solar technology

Mangalore: D K Shivakumar urges people to adopt rooftop solar technology

Pics: Spoorthi Ullal
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (DV)


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.


Earlier Report

Udupi: No load-shedding during exam times - D K Shivakumar

Pics: Umesh Marpalli
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (UM)

Udupi, Mar 2: State minister for energy D K Shivakumar on Sunday March 2 inspected the Varahi hydro-electric power project of the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL). The four units of the powerhouse have a total capacity of generating 460 megawatts of power which is transmitted to Mangalore and Udupi.

Addressing media persons after inspecting the project, Shivakumar promised that there would be no load-shedding during exam times in the coming days so that students will not have to suffer.

"The coastal and malnad regions face frequent power cuts due to some technical issues. We will set it right and ensure that people do not face problems with regard to power supply," he said.

"I have directed the officials concerned to avoid load-shedding during exam times no matter what the situation," he added.

On plans to purchase more power from other states, he said, "On March 4 we will sign an agreement to purchase 450 mw of power from Damodar valley project in Kolkata. Also, tenders will be called to buy 1000 mw of power on a long term basis and action will be taken accordingly." He further said that Karnataka would purchase more power from other states if they are ready to sell it at a rate fixed by the state government.

He said that some of the small hydro, wind and solar power companies in the state have not been generating as much power as they had promised. "When told to explain, they give petty reasons. They have been showcause notices. We may cancel their licences or blacklist them if they do not transmit sufficient power," he said.

When asked if the power generated by UPCL goes to other places too, he said the issue had been brought to his notice by the local MLA, and that action would be taken to ensure that there is 24-hour power supply under Nirantara Jyoti scheme.

When reporters asked D K Shivakumar to respond to Bangalore Shantinagar MLA N A Haris that the Congress government was not doing enough for the minorities, especially in terms of representation in the cabinet, he said, "That is his opinion, it will not affect our chances in the election. Both at the state as well at the centre, we have given importance to minorities. For instance we have ministers like Rahman Khan at the centre and U T Khadar in the state cabinet."

He ealier visited Kollur temple to seek blessings. He then proceeded to Mangalore where he held a meeting with Mescom officials.


Comment on this article

  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Tue, Mar 4 2014

    shrimaan narendra modiji implemented solar system in gujarath a decade ago .

    dks now realised the benefits of solar.

    in each and everything italian led congress is copying or following shrimaan narendra modiji .

    we need this type of development rather engaging in appeasing minorities and destroying our beautiful country.

    jai ho shrimaan narendra modiji.

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  • Pint, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Solar Panels are useless as a means of adding to generation capacity. If ever they plan to implement Solar they should not invest in expensive technology to feed the power back to the grid. Its better if they promote a standalone system per house and provide subsidy to people who have installed solar.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    D.K.Shivakumar is one of the happening minister since he is quite successful in the power ministry.He has great vision and plans to improve the ministry.All the best.Thanq.

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  • sreekesh, mangalore

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Tis plan is on in kerala and the investment is 3 lakhs and t state govt gives subsidy of 1.8 lakhs,as well as for biogas plants for domestic use

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  • victor, mangalore

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Solar energy is a good idea ,but just dont say it because somebody told you and later forget,i have seen in other countries how then run their farm on solar energy.encourage people to to use solar energy by providing information,advertising the benefit ,reducing tax on solar panels etc.All this points make them real and then talk of solar energy.....Mr Minster

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  • G M Hegde, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    You Urge and we fulfill, but why is the government doing away with subsidy for solar power. They are also not investing even a paisa in R&D. All our solar panels are imported from China and labelled here. Why not start a separate stream of engineering in Solar technology as well as research and development center in sunshine Mangalore.

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  • Vikram, Dubai

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    He constructed lot of illegal rooftops for himself now is urging people to adopt rooftop solar technology...what an idea sirji...

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  • jamil ahmed, udupi/qatar

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Thanks for the suggestions provided to save electricity on a short term basis. However can we think of a long term plan. Can anyone think of minimizing transmission losses in a phased manner. We need a look ahead plan to sustain power beyond 2025 and not today. Hope to hear soon on a plan to overcome power crisis in Karnataka.

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  • abdulla, india

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Take my Roof, Give me Power should be the slogan and motto.
    Promote compulsorily-use nature -green energy.
    Windmills and solar panels, we have plenty of it well blessed -use technology to harness same -latest state of art

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  • Suleman Beary, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    DKS request to adopt solar technology is a welcoming news.

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  • Matthew, Nitte

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    In other news Modi just inaugurated the largest solar plant in MP. And Gujarat is on its way to build the world's largest solar power plant in Charanka. People like DK Shivakumar wont be able to spot Mangalore in Karnataka's map, let alone help it overcome the energy crisis.

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  • Rajesh shetty, Mlore shj

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Solar modal ????? Karnataka govt copying Gujrath model. Good good at least this way they are getting modified.

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  • lukas, malpe

    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    Government should support for the rooftop solar energy and give subsidy for this program.also should stop the cheap program like Shadi bagya and Rs.10 for lunch.

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    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    Hello Adbul,even if D.K.Shi failed in his promise,surly his govt in their budget allocate some amount for candle so the student will not fail.

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  • Dr Prakash Harischandra, Surathkal

    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    DKshi Solar power can be installed, but whenever a person of your stature openly backs something...invariable doubts creep in my mind which company has backed you. No doubts about your dynamism.. have personally witnessed.. Binnypet apts is a standing example. Anyway if u work 25% of your capacity, we can implement change.

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  • Langoolacharay, Belman / Washington,DC

    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    Dr Prakash Harischandra, Surathkal,

    Solar panels at top of house to produce electricity ,,, no doubt, is a very good you think these folks implement it without hefty commission???

    Now about the dynamism and the honesty of DKS you need to read what HD Revenna JDS MLA and HDD son said about DKS in assembly...its in assembly records...few things he said about DKS are follows...

    DKS was living in HDD room in Legislators home and supplying tea for those who drink tea and "Brandy" for those who drink brandy...and "other services" to those who need them...HDD allowed him to sleep outside his room because he has nowhere to live in Bangalore.... this was in late 70s and 80s....

    DKS first loyalty was for Kotwal Ramachandra( notorious rowdy in Bangalore in those days)...then to everybody else...

    Now he has properties worth more than 10000 crore's in and around Bangalore...

    So in my opinion, he should be "Brand Ambassador" of CONgress doubt he is Jossey's "political guru"....


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    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Langoolacharay, Belman / Washington,DC, what you mentioned about DKS is right. Along with this HDD in his political life did so many political blunders, one of this is he allowed in 1980's to DKS elect from Sathanur Assembly constituency as an independent candidate!!!!!!!

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  • R. Hegde, kudala

    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    The rooftop solar panel concept widely adopted some European countries ,and Canada ,US ,its been successful ,we as a country have plenty of sunshine ,hope this will bring an ease to our electricity vows.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    VDK, Mangalore,
    The above pictures are ORIGINAL unlike Obama watching in White House FEKU speak at a RALLY...

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman / Washington,DC

    Sun, Mar 2 2014


    DKS is a role model for Jossey in politics,,, party wise it is CONgress...

    Jai Hoooooo Jossey Sir...


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  • V..D..K, Mangalore / Dubai

    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    Guys do not get too much’s just old windows media player playing some predesigned animated video! Don’t think it’s some high tech led/lcd screen its ..a projection. ..Must have switched on for Mr.Energy minister!
    Mr.Minister ..what is that you are looking at the paper!!?cooling glass, heavy bracelet ,heavy watch ,hand in pocket… U just look as if ur a Tamil film villain ! Get involved maaan!!Stop the self show …drama!
    Guys, what have we elected?!!!!A goon!!

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  • Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    DK looks like KD...

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  • Abdul Rafiq, Uchila / Dubai

    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    Very good. During last year's exams BJP was in power and students were fed up with load shedding and so many students failed in the exams. Thank god this time Congress is on power and Energy minister promised, there will be no load shedding during the exams.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sun, Mar 2 2014


    Last 5 years pass percentage in Karnataka was more due to continuous power supply during exam times. God save our students this time because a THIEF is a minister of electricity this time

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  • Vikram, Dubai

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Good mean you mentioned students will have to wait minimum 2 to 3 years in the same section?

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  • Sathish Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    You mean to say the population will decrease near future. H(n)ail congress

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  • rahul shetty, udupi

    Sun, Mar 2 2014

    ha.ha... again same statement n story from one more newly and highly corrupted guy ! shame on people surrounded him for noting apart from easy money sanction

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