Mumbai: National energy major NTPC is planning to set up an ultra-mega solar park in the Kutch region of Gujarat that will produce up to 5,000 mega watts and involve an investment of Rs 20,000 crore or more. “We are looking at setting up an ultra-mega solar park in the Kutch and also one in Rajasthan. In the Kutch, we are planning to produce 5,000 mw at an investment of around Rs 4 crore per mw, taking the total investment to Rs 20,000 crore. We are looking at two-three locations in the Kutch. We will invite others to invest as well,” NTPC chairman and managing director Gurdeep Singh told reporters here Monday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe said, the company is also looking at Rajasthan for setting up an ultra mega solar park. “But the amount of energy that will be produced and the quantum of investment required will be decided after the location is finalised,” he added. Further, he said NTPC is also planning to tie up with municipalities to produce electricity from solid waste. “Since last year we have been running a pilot project in Banaras in UP that converts bio-waste into electricity. Now we are planning to do a similar project with the East Delhi Municipal Corporation to produce 20 mw a day and we will float the tender over the next 30 months. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”However we are in more advanced stages of talks with the Surat civic body as we have available land and we are planning to award the contract soon,” he said. The company has a similar plan for Ladakh as well, Singh added. “We are keen to partner with more municipal bodies for waste management. Our only demand is that they must deliver waste to the plant,” he added. NTPC is also looking at good projects to acquire through the bankruptcy process. “At present there are not many good projects in NCLTs, we are looking at three projects, one hydro asset of 100 mw and two coal-based assets of 600 mw each. We are open to projects in hydro, coal and renewal as well,” he added.
Kolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) on Sunday handed over identity badges and certificates to 10 eco-ambassadors, who have been selected to create awareness among the people to conserve water and other environmental issues as part of the green city mission.”These eco-ambassadors will be trained and they will spread the awareness message about recycling waste, rainwater harvesting, rooftop farming and similar green initiatives,” said Debashis Sen, chairman of NKDA. The eco-ambassadors were handed over a prize money of Rs 1,000 each at a programme held in front of the replica of Taj Mahal in Eco Park. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that the eco-ambassadors have been selected through a lottery that was held at Rabindra Tirtha recently. New Town is being developed as a solar city and a second solar canal-top project (1,000 KWp) is being conceived in collaboration with Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, the first one being a 500 KWp unit near Eco Park. “We are also planning to become a Green, Clean and Tech City and so, we have decided to involve the citizens and to create awareness on what they can do at their individual levels like segregation and recycling, composting and rooftop/balcony farming, rainwater harvesting, etc.,” a senior NKDA official said. This is the first time when a state government agency will be training residents to create awareness on environment protection.