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Background note on Promoting Energy Tourism in Madhya Pradesh

Start Date: 21-11-2022
End Date: 04-01-2023


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Madhya Pradesh is known as the “heart of India” due to its geographical location, heritage and culture. It also functions as the heart for the economy of India as it is also the “Energy Capital of India”. Energy is the blood of the economy which powers all economic activities, from providing electricity to homes, hospitals, shops, commercial establishments to powering industries, utilities and gadgets which have transformed our modern-day life.

Madhya Pradesh is an electricity surplus state with an installed capacity of 25,779 MW. Thermal power forms the major share of around 64% of installed power capacity, hydropower’s share is around 13% and share of renewable energy projects is around 23%. Due to dominance of coal based thermal power, the energy sector is a major contributor towards greenhouse gas emissions, which are a prime contributor towards Climate Change.

In COP 26 at Glasgow, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi proposed Panchamrit (five nectar elements) to mitigate the climate crisis. The Panchamrit elements signify a rapid transition towards renewable energy sources and reduction in carbon intensity to achieve carbon neutrality and net zero carbon emissions by 2070.

Madhya Pradesh is a leader in the field of renewable energy and is undertaking new and innovative initiatives for promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency and moving towards net zero carbon economy. Renewable energy sector in the state has witnessed rapid growth in the last 10 years, 52% CAGR in solar power and 22% CAGR in wind power. Large scale initiatives such as the Rewa Solar Park of 750 MW has been recognized in the PM Book of Innovations and received the World Bank President’s award. Further, more than 3000 MW land based solar projects are in pipeline which would also include new technology and innovations such as wind-solar hybrid projects as well as grid scale energy storage based RE projects apart from the conventional ground mounted solar projects.

One of the unique initiatives being undertaken by GoMP is the 600 MW Omkareshwar Floating Solar Park being developed in Omkareshwar reservoir, Khandwa district. The Omkareshwar project would be one of the largest floating solar projects in the world. Floating solar projects have advantage over land based solar projects as floating solar projects not only save valuable land, but also provide more energy than conventional solar projects due to cooling effects of water as well as reduce water loss from water bodies due to decreased evaporation. Hence, floating solar provides green and clean energy at higher efficiency while conserving land and water at the same time.

Khandwa is also being developed as a unique tourist destination as it is well known for the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga situated at the banks of Maa Narmada. The state is planning to develop a statue of Shri Adi Shankaracharya (Statue of Oneness), a museum dedicated to Shri Adi Shankaracharya and an International Advaita Vedanta Sansthan at Omkareshwar. These developments would increase the tourism of district and would attract national and foreign tourists, as well as students and various enthusiasts.

Khandwa would also have the unique distinction of energy hub with three distinct technologies – 2520 MW Singaji Thermal Power Station, 520 MW Omkareshwar Hydropower Station and 600 MW Omkareshwar Floating Solar Park, thus forming a Trinity of Energy. A tourist circuit including visit to these three energy projects can be envisaged in Khandwa, which would not only boost tourism but also provide valuable learning opportunities to students and enthusiasts alike.

This is a call for ideas from the public in order to develop energy tourism in the state with focus on Khandwa district. The ideas are required to be submitted in the form of a concept note on the topic “Promoting Energy Tourism in Madhya Pradesh”. The concept note should cover the following aspects:
a) Background of tourism in the state, including current developments for promoting tourism (3 points)
b) Khandwa as tourist destination, current scenario and developments envisaged for promotion of tourism. (3 points)
c) Development of energy tourism in the state with focus on Trinity of Energy in Khandwa (4 points)
d) Adjacent developments/infrastructure/tourist activities that can be carried out near proposed Omkareshwar floating solar project, Omkareshwar hydro project and Singaji Thermal Power Plant. Few suggestive ideas include study tour of the three energy projects (including arrangements such as models etc. which would facilitate the understanding of school/college students), audio visual simulations, illustrative booklets etc. (6 points)
e) Focus on promoting Energy Tourism as experiential learning for students and enthusiasts. (4 points)
The marking of the proposals would be as per the point wise marking mentioned above, out of a total of 20 points.

Terms and Conditions for participation:
1. The participant will have to create a profile on for participation in the contest.
2. The word limit for the concept note is 3000 words.
3. The concept note may include flow charts, diagrams etc. only for illustrative purposes.
4. The proposals shall be uploaded on the portal by 23:59 hrs, 19.12.2022.
5. The best concept note would be awarded an amount of Rs 25,000/-, the second and third best concept notes would be awarded Rs 15,000/- and Rs 10,000/-, respectively.

A certificate of appreciation from Department of New and Renewable Energy, Government of Madhya Pradesh would also be given to the winning concept notes.

Last Date: 04.01.2023

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