On Thursday, a 2 MW floating solar power plant which is built on Mudasarlova reservoir was inaugurated Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, it could be termed as a giant leap towards generating power in an eco-friendly way.
The power plant is expected to save the burning of 1,540 tonnes of coal per year and releases of 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
As a part of the ‘Smart City’ initiative, the solar power plant was built in 20 acres of the reservoir, among the oldest man-made water bodies, on the outskirts of the city, at a cost of Rs 11.34 crore. The works were executed by DES Engineers of Hyderabad under the supervision of AECOM, consultants for the Smart City projects. The works for the plant began in May this year and prior to it, the reservoir was de-silted at a cost of Rs 20 lakh.
As a part of the project, solar panels have been installed on bases of the float on water. The bases have bed-like structure at the bottom so that when the water dries up, the panels don’t get damaged.
During his hectic day-long visit to the city, the Chief Minister, after participating in the ‘Jnanabheri’ programme at Andhra University, laid foundation stones for seven other‘Smart City’ projects worth of Rs 368.14 crores.
In the evening, Mr Naidu inaugurated the park with ‘All-Abilities’ that has facilities for the differently abled. Developed by the GVMC as a part of Smart Cities Mission, the park was constructed with the cost of Rs 3.5 crores with the 27 play equipment in which 11 are exclusively meant for differently abled children like Palm-wheel, leg-roller, and shoulder-builder etc.
Deputy Chief Minister N. China Rajappa, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, MP Muttamsettti Srinivasa Rao, Government Whip P.G.V.R. Naidu, MLAs, MLCs and Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan participated in the programme.