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MNRE asks states to allow free movement of material and engineers

BENGALURU: The new and renewable energy ministry on Thursday instructed states to allow movement of material and engineers to guarantee steady renewable energy technology.
“Power generation (including renewable power generation) is an essential service for securing smooth and uninterrupted power flow across and within states,” the ministry stated in a notification addressed to involved authorities of all states. There is a necessity to guarantee uninterrupted power supply within the present situation of Covid-19 outbreak and nationwide lockdown, it stated.

Besides permitting permission for employees, automobiles and related workforce to transfer round, the ministry additionally requested states for a waiver underneath Section 144, nationwide lockdown, curfew or every other limitation on a “number of people to gather in locations like sites, substations, transmission lines and towers etc. and other related locations where it may be required for operation and maintenance activities of renewable power generation and associated equipment”.

A renewable vitality developer stated such a clarification that energy falls underneath important companies was obligatory. “MNRE has executed the correct factor. Now the asset proprietor has to take the letter and say that these individuals have to be given a curfew move,” the individual stated.

MNRE had issued a notification final week that stated that the outbreak can be lined underneath the pressure majeure clause.

“All renewable energy projects under implementation will be given extension of time considering period of lock down and time required for remobilisation of work force,” Anand Kumar, MNRE secretary, stated in a tweet on Thursday.

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