Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 16:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene to expedite starting of construction of the National Institute of New Energy and Innovation (NINE&I).
“……..kindly intervene in the matter so that construction of the National Institute of New Energy and Innovation is started at the earliest,” the Chief Minister wrote in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
“Government of Odisha has also extended support for establishment of the said Institute and has allocated Acre 73.86 of land free of cost near IIT, Bhubaneswar. However, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) is yet to take possession of the land and start construction of the building,” he pointed out.
The state government has taken several initiatives in accordance with the National Development Goals including the recent announcement of Odisha Renewable Energy Policy 2016, the Chief Minister further said in the letter.
Notably, in order to promote research and innovation in the renewable energy sector, MNRE had decided to set up the NINE&I in Odisha.