Introducing the Gujarat State Action Plan on Climate Change 2030, Prime Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday said Gujarat surpasses all other states by accounting for 25 percent of the country’s solar system.

“The provincial government has been budgeting more than Rs.5,000 crores for climate change every year. This includes roof schemes, “Rupani said after launching the Action Plan 2030.” In installing a solar rooftop system, Gujarat is the first place. We are doing the maximum rooftops… Gujarat covers 25 percent of the total solar roof in the country. In the residential sector, we have installed rooftop solar over more than 1,11,000 houses, ”he added.

The chief minister said solar panels were installed in all overhead tanks in rural areas of the Vadodara district. This helps to power the water pump and provide more power to the grid.

Gujarat has developed a climate change plan by 2030 and is based on the National Action Plan on Climate Change. The program was developed with the help of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IMA) and the Indian Institute of Technology- Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) and suggests ways and means to address the threat of climate change in terms of mitigation and adaptation practices.”The Gujarat government has decided to protect the environment, reduce pollution and focus on climate change,” Rupani said, adding that Gujarat had already reduced coal consumption by 12.13 million tons.

“Gujarat has already announced that we will not build new thermal power plants. This is a big decision, ”he said, adding that the focus would be on wind and solar energy. He also said that the country’s government was building a 30000 MW park and a hybrid park in Kutch.

He said the state had begun rebuilding water. “CNG petrol pumps have increased from 300 to 900. This will reduce fuel and diesel consumption. In the coming days, we will come up with a policy of electric vehicles, ”said Rupani.

Source: The Indian Wire