Fixing of solar panels at Nagpur Metro’s Airport South Station begins

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jun 2018 09:49:50


Staff Reporter,

On the eve of World Environment Day, Maharashtra Metro began fixing of solar panels at Airport South station of Nagpur Metro. Dr Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), disclosed that they are targeting generation of 14 MW of electricity by tapping sun’s energy. We aim to save annually Rs 12 crores and in first phase the three Metro stations in At-Grade section, namely Airport (South), New Airport and Khapri Station are shortlisted for affixing of solar panels on the rooftops.

In another significant achievement of Nagpur Metro, three Metro stations buildings were granted tag of Green Building and Indian Green Building Council have provided platinum rating to them. The certification about the same and citation was presented in a function held at the Airport (South) station today where Dr Dixit later addressed the dignitaries and spelled out the energy strategy of MMRCL. Ashok Mokha, Chief of IGBC's Vidarbha Chapter, presented the certificate.

Also till date about 64 per cent of Nagpur Metro work has been completed. And this speed of work is going to continue and MMRCL is committed to meeting the given target so as to ensure people in Nagpur experience a world class rapid mass transport service. Once regular Metro service starts in Nagpur, it will drastically cut down the emission of harmful gases as people will switch to public transport in big numbers, Dr Dixit stated.

About 962 panels are to be fixed on the rooftops of the three Metro stations in At-Grade section. A period of one month is expected to complete the work and these panels are manufactured under Make in India policy of Central Government. MMRCL is going to make huge savings on energy cost front as rates of conventional energy is Rs. 9.67 while the solar energy is costing Rs. 3.58.

As the Metro Station in city gets finished the rooftops will be fixed with solar panels in near future. Also the office of MMRCL near Deekshabhoomi will be used for generating solar energy. The main advantage of tapping solar energy is protecting the environment by opting for green energy, said Dr Dixit further.

In fact all the stations of Nagpur Metro are being constructed on norms of Green Building with a view to ensure that there is bare minimum release of green house gases. Dr Dixit further said that Nagpur Metro has currently got 79 points on the rating scale and in future our endeavour is to further increase it. Two years back with an eye on enhancing green cover in city, MMRCL established Little Woods in Vasudeo Nagar at Hingna. In coming time we are trying get access to 100 acres of land where the Metro company has plan for planting 6000 saplings. Mahesh Kumar, Director (Projects), provided information about Indian Green Building Council certification while Sunil Mathur, Director (Rolling Stock), spoke about technical details of operations. Anil Kokate, General Manager (Administration) conducted the proceedings and also proposed a vote of thanks.