On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for a 600-megawatt solar project near Jhansi. The initiative aims to turn Bundelkhand, which has plenty of land and sunshine, into the state’s “solar power powerhouse.”

According to a government spokeswoman, the Jhansi project is one of three ultra-mega solar parks planned for the region under the Centre’s Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks (UMREPP) initiative, which will generate 2,000 MW of solar power in “plug and play” fashion.

“Along with the 600 MW solar park in Jhansi, which the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for on November 19,” a senior official from the alternative energy department stated, “work is also being done to put up a 600 MW solar park in Lalitpur and an 800 MW solar park in Chitrakoot.”

TUSCO Ltd, a joint venture between THDC India Ltd and the New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA), has been tasked with constructing three ultra-mega solar parks in Bundelkhand that will generate 2,000 MW of power from the sun. In six villages under the Garautha tehsil of Jhansi, the developer has already selected 2,609 acres of private land and 242.3 acres of government land for the creation of the solar park.

“According to the detailed project report (DPR), the overall project cost of the Jhansi solar park is Rs 3,013 crore, with Rs 313.18 crore going toward the park’s construction and Rs 2,700 crore going toward solar unit installation,” the source added. “The Centre will contribute 30% of the project’s cost. The power generated by the solar park will be purchased by UP Power Corporation Ltd. Aside from that, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for Bharat Dynamics Limited’s Jhansi facility. PM Modi will also inaugurate the Arjun Dam project in Mahoba, as well as the NCC’s simulator training facility and Alumni Association.

On November 19, the Prime Minister will hold two public gatherings in Mahoba and Jhansi to layout the BJP’s election program in Bundelkhand.