The announcement came a tad too late. Modi had already milked the issue bone dry and moved on to Delhi. The 2007 State Assembly elections provided a classic example. His by- now- famous hyperboles rent the poll campaign. ”Every house in Gujarat will have it’s own oil well (‘tel na kua’) ", he said, weaving a magical spell of domestic affluence with his oratory.
The solar city or plastic free state capital is more a joke than anything else. So much for the vocal and verbose where the chief minister once proudly claimed that his was the first state in the country to set up a special department for climate change. First in Asia,fourth province in the world. Yes but in the breach. Everyday, as a matter of routine, fallen tree leaves and other garden waste is incinerated outside the homes of top government officers by sanitation and cleaning staff in the employ of official agencies!
As for solar power generation, Gujarat currently tops with a commissioned capacity of 929 MW out of the country’s total capacity of 3,002.66 MW. With no significant addition in recent years to it’s capacity, it is soon set to be overtaken by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh who are aggressively promoting it.
Deliver. And if you don't....thereafter don’t ask for whom the bell tolls. For, it tolls for YOU!