By Sukant Singh, New Delhi, Mar.17 : Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on Thursday said people would get 24x7 affordable and sustainable energy by 2019, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to ensure better quality of life for every citizen of the country.
"The team here is committed and the exhibition that I saw today, I think this challenge of being able to provide power to every citizen is an opportunity. I am getting fantastic ideas, and support from all stakeholders from this sector. Without a challenge people would see affordable, sustainable energy 24x7 by 2019," Goyal told ANI at the ongoing India Smart Grid Week 2016 (ISGW) at the Manekshaw Centre here.
"India is the world's largest market considering that we are a billion people looking for a better quality of life. Prime Minister Modi is committed to ensure better quality of life to every citizen. The poorest of poor in India should benefit from the technological revolution that the world is benefitting from," he added.
Goyal further said that affordable energy access to every individual in this country is the primary goal and can be achieved with the support of all stakeholders.
Comparing the technological revolution in Sweden with India, Goyal said India has the potential to do wonder 100 times over.
"With population of nine million, Sweden is able to do wonders and with population of 1200 million that India has, we will do wonders 100 times over," he said.
India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) 2016 is the second edition of the Conference cum Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities organized by India Smart Grid Forum from 15 to19 March, 2016. The conference brought together a confluence of experts in the field of electricity, IT communications and smart cities to discuss the challenges and opportunities and build support towards establishing smart grids in India.
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