Chandigarh: The city will have its biggest solar power project of Rs 60 crore with 12MW capacity at the Sector 39 waterworks, where Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Bandore on Friday laid the foundation stone of the project to enhance the water storage capacity.
The municipal corporation (MC) has collaborated with the department of Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) of the UT administration. Soon after the stone-laying ceremony, Crest chief executive officer (CEO) Debendra Dalai visited the waterworks and had a discussion with engineering officers of the MC. Seven water tanks will be enhanced under the project of Rs 39 crore to increase the capacity. The plan has been prepared in a manner that after the redesigning one tank, the work of installation of solar panels can be started over its roof immediately instead of waiting for the modification of other tanks to end.
A private company will be roped in to invest in the project and the revenue from the power generation will be divided between the company and UT. The terms and condition will be decided later.
Dalai said, “This biggest solar panel installation project will come up under Renewable Energy Service Company (Resco) model. A tender will be invited from companies to install the solar panel and revenue generation will be divided with the UT. We will soon sign an agreement. Moreover, after completing the paper work and formality, the MC will soon give us the timeline for the work of each tank, so that we can start the work immediately instead of waiting for entire project to end.”
Earlier, Badnore said the MC has worked hard for improving the water supply in the city by not only putting in place the basic infrastructure but also supporting capacity building through technical assistance. Badnore appealed to residents to develop a habit of saving water and not to waste it any cost.
While briefing about the project, MC commissioner K K Yadav said at present, the available raw water storage capacity at the waterworks is 48 MGD (million gallons per day), but by remodeling/redesigning of the tanks, the capacity will be increased to 92 MGD. He said the total cost of the project will be Rs 39 crore, for which the administration has provided Rs 28 crore and Chandigarh Smart City Limited the rest of the amount of Rs 11 crore. The work is to be completed in two years.