27 March , 2020 Fdiindia
Renewable Energy projects to get extension of time: MNRE Secretary
Anand Kumar, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Secretary said that renewable energy projects already underway will be given extension of time due to the 21-day nationwide lockdown. They will be given time required for re-mobilisation of work force.
Kumar took to his official Twitter handle to make the announcement after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national address on Tuesday evening where he ordered for a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days starting from Tuesday midnight.
PM Modi emphasised on the need for social distancing to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19, that has so far infected more than 650 and killed at least 13 in the country. He asserted that "very necessary to break the chain of coronavirus infection."
Kumar agreed that the deadly COVID-19 pandemic has not only disrupted the supply chain of components used in Renewable Energy projects but also has impacted the availability of workforce.
The MNRE Secretary said that the extension of time will give a great relief to all the stakeholders in Renewable Energy sector.
As per Kumar's announcement, the extension of time for Renewable Energy projects under implementation will consider the lockdown period which will continue till April 14.
The 21-days lockdown was announced after experts said that the chain of transmission of novel coronavirus will break in 21 days.
The virus that first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has led to the deaths of more than 20,000 people and over 4,70,000 confirmed infected cases across the world.