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Corporation to go the solar way

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The Hindu        02.03.2015  

Corporation to go the solar way

It is taking steps to harness the energy in zonal offices too

A portion of the building of Vellore Corporation will soon be powered with solar energy.—Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
A portion of the building of Vellore Corporation will soon be powered with solar energy.—Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

The Vellore Corporation is all set to go the solar way. It is taking steps to harness the energy for its office building and later expand it to the zonal offices and urban health posts.

It is currently working out ways to install solar panels on the rooftop of its building on Infantry Road. Officials said it has been proposed to generate 40 KVA (kilo volt ampere) of solar power. Technical and administrative nod has already been obtained.


“We are planning to tap solar energy to power the entire Corporation building,” an official said. The Corporation pays about Rs. 50,000 per month towards electricity charges and harnessing solar energy will help in cutting down this cost, they added.

The local body is now in the process of cancelling its previous tender for the work as the company had quoted a high cost for the project. It had issued the work order to an energy-based company.

However, the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), in a letter, had said that the equipment required to generate 40 KW of solar power costs Rs. 40 lakh, while the company that was awarded the tender had quoted over Rs. 94 lakh.

As this would incur double cost for the Corporation, it was decided to cancel the work order issued. An official said that a Chennai-based company recognised by TEDA is being roped in for the job. This way, the local body gets to spend lesser. It takes Rs. 7.83 lakh to install equipment to generate 10 KW solar power.

The Corporation council’s nod has also been obtained. Officials said the work is likely to begin in a month or two. They said the number of panels to be installed on the rooftop will be according to the requirements of the building. However, the entire space available could be utilised.

“First, we are planning to generate and utilise solar power for the main Corporation building that is ground plus two floors.

Next, it has been proposed to tap solar energy for the four zonal offices, followed by nine urban health posts,” an official.


German city promises technical assistance to Coimbatore

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The Hindu       19.02.2015   

German city promises technical assistance to Coimbatore

Jurgen Zieger
Jurgen Zieger

German city Esslingen am Neckar is ready to help Coimbatore by providing technical assistance and manpower in the areas of climate change, waste management, clean power generation and a few other areas, Mayor Jurgen Zieger has said.

But it will not provide any financial assistance, he clarified while addressing a meeting at the Coimbatore Corporation.

His comments come in the wake of efforts the Coimbatore Corporation has been taking to sign a memorandum of understanding with the German city to forge twin-city partnership to avail of assistance in waster water treatment, solid waste management, water to energy projects, students exchange and a few other areas.

Mr. Zieger said that along with a few European cities Esslingen am Neckar has formed a not-for-profit company that is aimed at providing technological assistance to cities for clean power generation and waste water treatment. Coimbatore could be a beneficiary if the agreement were to come through.

The two cities have been keen on forging partnership for the past four years or so after the formation of the Esslingen Coimbatore Association (ESSCOM) and start of student exchange programme. This time, though, the student exchange programme could extend to Coimbatore Corporation school students, he added.

Minister for Municipal Administration S.P Velumani said the cities could leverage each other’s strength for their development. Coimbatore had a strong foundation in engineering and textile industries, technical education and a few other areas. It was fast emerging as a medical tourism destination. And, its strengths included its hospitality.

He promised to pursue the matter with the State Government to facilitate the twin-city agreement.

The German Mayor had earlier addressed the Coimbatore Corporation Council in this regard on Monday.

Collector Archana Patnaik, Mayor P. Rajkumar, Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan and Coimbatore City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan were present at the meeting.


Konakarai crematorium to be ready by January

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The Hindu         23.12.2014 

Konakarai crematorium to be ready by January

Fourth biomass gasifier crematorium in the city

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation (TCC) will soon complete the construction of a biomass gasifier crematorium at Konakarai –

the fourth such crematorium in the city. While two are functioning at Oyamari, the third one is located at Karumandapam.

The civic body had taken up the Konakarai project about six months back following repeated agitations by Woraiyur residents over demand for better infrastructure at the Konakarai crematorium complex. Once operational, the crematorium is expected to serve the residents of Woraiyur, Thillai Nagar, and Ramalinga Nagar. R.Chandran, Chief Engineer, Tiruchi Corporation, told The Hindu that a sum of Rs.1 crore had been allocated for the project. Setting up of the gasifier crematorium raising the ground level, and construction of a compound were part of the project, he said. More than 90 per cent of the gasifier installation work had been completed, and the remaining work is expected to be completed before the end of January.

A tender had been called for constructing the compound around the four-acre crematorium complex to safeguard the property from encroachers. Similarly, special attention would be paid to increase the ground level of the crematorium to prevent water inundation during rainy days, the official said.

The procedure for using the crematorium, operation and maintenance, user charges and other issues would be decided once all works were completed. The project would bring down the level of air pollution to a great extent in Konakarai area, Mr.Chandran said.


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