KOLKATA: The Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) is planning to install a 1kWp grid-connected solar photovoltaic power plant on the roof of the proposed smart cycle stand on Ring Road in Sector V.
NDITA has initiated the process of engaging agencies to set up bicycle stands in three important places in Sector V — in front of Webel Bhavan, near Godrej Waterside and opposite Wipro gate. The cycle stand near Godrej Waterside has been chosen for the installation of the solar plant as the other two locations are not suitable for having panels. “We are exploring other places and building structures across Sector V for installing rooftop solar plants for use of renewable energy in the IT hub,” said a NDITA official.
Two streets in Sector V will be developed as smart streets and another street — connecting RDB Boulevard with Infinity Benchmark — will be developed into a pedestrian plaza where solar panels are likely to be installed.
In New Town, New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has been installing more and more rooftop solar panels and solar-powered streetlights to optimize the use of renewable energy in the township. Benches with solar panels on its sheds have been set up on the smart street in front of New Town mela ground. It was in 2013 that NKDA had made it mandatory for all residential and commercial highrises in New Town to install solar rooftop panels that would meet at least 2% of the building’s power requirement.