Leading engineering major Larsen & Toubro today said it has commissioned the country’s largest solar photovoltaic plant of Reliance Power in Rajasthan with a generation capacity of 40 MW.

Within the next two years Rajasthan will become the world's solar power hub as Reliance Power plans to take up the generation capacity of its newly-opened 40-MW plant at Dhursar village in Pokhran to 300 MW by 2014.

“We will add another 100 MW by 2013 to the existing capacity and then take it up to 300 MW at the same location in the next two years. This will be the world's largest solar power generation facility at a single location, thus giving a big push to efforts to produce energy through use of non-conventional sources,”

The desert state on Saturday achieved the glory of having the country's biggest solar power generation plant. The 40MW plant has been set up at Dhoodsar village near Pokhran in Jaisalmer district and the plant started power generation from Saturday.

In a grand function organised at the village, Union new and renewable energy minster Farooq Abdullah, and state chief minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the photovoltaic plant capable of generating 40MW power.

Reliance Power has commissioned India’s largest solar photovoltaic project in Rajasthan with a capacity of 40 MW, and will supply electricity to Reliance Infrastructure, top company executives said

Saturday will prove to be a milestone in the field of renewable energy production as Reliance Energy will start power generation of 40MW from its solar energy power project in Rajasthan. This is first solar power project in the private sector.

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Union minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah, state energy minister Dr Jitendra Singh and Reliance Energy owner Anil Ambani, including other personalities will be present during the inaugural function of the solar power project at Dhudsar village,

The capacity of the Ramgarh gas-based thermal power plant, situated 60 km away from Jaisalmer, is being expanded with the installation of two new units of the total volume of 160 megawatt in the project's third stage. The plant's present capacity is 110.5 MW.

According to Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam chairman and managing director P. N. Singhal here on Thursday, one of the units with the capacity of 110 MW will be gas-based, while the other (50 MW) will be steam-based. Work on their establishment is in progress, he said.

Jaisalmer Tehsil Registers Highest Improvement In Child Sex Ratio

Jaipur: The provisional population figures up to the tehsil-level released by the directorate of census operations, Rajasthan, on Wednesday showed an overall decrease in the child population in the 0 to 6 years age group and a clear divide on the social issue between rural and urban areas.

Wilting under pressure from the Centre and after constant raps by the Supreme Court, the state government has now put a step forward in stopping illegal mining. A special 1000-member team, to be christened Mining Protection Force, will be set up to curb illegal mining in the state.

The state has long been battling illegal mining right from Alwar to Jaisalmer but in vain. While the police had recently detained over 100 people in Bharatpur engaged in illegal extraction of stones, in Jaisalmer mining near the airport has become a threat to its existence.

Rajasthan govt issue fraud certificates to Cong MP for solar projects

JAISALMER: Viewing the security scenario and the frequent threats, an integrated security system is being put in place covering 202 railway stations across the country. This includes Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner.

In addition to this, three trains-Thar Express, Palace on Wheels and Atari Express will be a part of the system, informed Railway Protection Force director General P K Mehta during his visit to Jaisalmer on Tuesday.