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New Town inches closer to solar city

According to reports, the Centre has approved the masterplan presented by the state government to develop Rajarhat New Town as a solar city. It mentions ways as to how solar and renewable energy can be used in the township. It will be a Rs 400-crore project if all proposals are implemented.

Senior officials of the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) presented the masterplan for the Rs 400-crore project before the Ministry of new and renewable energy in New Delhi a couple of days back where it was approved after being assessed by the central officials.

NKDA authorities will now prepare the detailed project reports (DPR) of several projects to develop the township as a solar city and send those to the Centre for approval. The authorities have already prepared 12 such DPRs that will now be worked upon. “With the approval of the masterplan, we will start working on the proposed projects to develop the township as a solar city,” said NKDA chairman Debashis Sen. In February last year, the Ministry had declared New Town as a solar city.

The masterplan that has been prepared for developing New Town as a solar city mentions ways to reduce the projected energy demand from conventional power sources by following two strategies – one is by use of use of solar and renewable power sources and another is by using more energy efficient devices.

It has a proposal for utilizing the canals flowing through the township by laying solar panels on it. The authorities have also stressed on the use of mentioned of using solar water heaters and rooftop solar panels, replacing standby generators with solar inverters and generating energy from solid waste.

The masterplan also includes proposals of using LEDs for lighting, use of star rated air conditioned machines that will consume less electricity and use of motors and fans with energy efficient machines.

The authorities are also giving stress on green buildings. Already, they are planning changes working out to bring in necessary changes in the building rules, so that use of solar and renewable energy devices can be encouraged. Besides, they will take up awareness campaigns with the help of eco clubs involving school students.

Already, a long stretch of the main arterial road in Action Area I has been lighted up with LED streetlights and more such lights will be installed on various roads in the township. The authorities are working to introduce battery-run three wheelers to run in short route.

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