Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the development of a sewerage collection and conveyance system proposed at the cost of Rs. 530 crore in Gajuwaka and Malkapuram area, including a wastewater treatment plant and tertiary treatment of 33 MLD and a 15 MW floating solar farm on the Meghadrigedda reservoir. The projects are being undertaken as part of the ‘Smart City’ initiative.
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The floating solar plant comprises 51,500 dual glass solar panels covering an area of 36.3 acres. Designed to withstand a wind speed up to 250 km per hour, the solar power plant envisages saving Rs.19.04 crore in electricity bills.
The eco-friendly project also checks the emissions of 25,410 tonnes of carbon dioxide, saving coal of 12,705 tonnes. The environmental impact of the plant is equivalent to 11.43 lakh trees, the officials said.
The proposed sewerage project will cover ward 46 to 52 and ward 59 to 65 with a population of nearly 3lakh.
Pipelines will be laid in 430 km, receiving sewerage water from 45,000 households. Three sewage pumping stations will also be constructed.
The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) will contribute Rs.350 crore while Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management Limited will bear Rs.180 crore through term loans. As part of the Package-I, a 46 MLD capacity project is being undertaken at a cost of Rs.412 crore, providing UGD network in Pendutri area.