India was working to make full use of every resource of renewable energy, PM Narendra Modi said

India has already achieved the 2030 target of meeting 40% of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil energy sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

“In 2016, India had set a target to meet 40 percent of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil energy sources by 2030. India has achieved this goal in November this year itself," PM Modi pointed out.

The Prime Minister was speaking after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of hydropower projects worth over Rs 11,000 crore in Himachal Pradesh.

The hydropower projects for which the foundation stone was laid include the Renukaji Dam project, Luhri Stage 1 Hydro Power Project and Dhaulasidh Hydro Power Project.

PM Modi also inaugurated the Sawra-Kuddu Hydro Power Project.

The hydro-power projects launched today reflect India’s commitment to eco-friendly development, PM Modi emphasized.

Talking about the speed with which India was meeting its environment related goals, Prime Minister Modi said, “The whole world is praising India, for how our country is accelerating development while saving the environment. From solar power to hydro power, from wind power to green hydrogen, the country is working continuously to make full use of every resource of renewable energy”.

The Prime Minister also spoke about the elimination of single-use plastic.

He pointed out that the government was alert about the damage caused to the mountains due to plastic and was working on plastic waste management.

“Tourists also have a huge responsibility in keeping Himachal clean, free of plastic and other waste. Plastic has spread everywhere, plastic going into rivers, we have to make efforts together to stop the damage it is causing to Himachal," the Prime Minister added.

The Prime Minister praised the growth of the pharmaceutical sector in Himachal Pradesh.

He said, “If India is called the pharmacy of the world today, then Himachal is the force behind it. Himachal Pradesh has helped not only other states but also other countries during the Corona global pandemic.”

Referring to the stellar performance of the state, the Prime Minister said, “Himachal outshines the rest in providing the vaccine to its entire adult population. Those who are in the government here, are not immersed in political selfishness, but have devoted their full attention to how every citizen of Himachal gets the vaccine.”

He also presided over the second ground breaking ceremony of the Himachal Pradesh Global Investors’ Meet today in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. The meet is expected to give a boost to investment in the region through projects worth around Rs 28,000 crore.