Bangla Govt to add 2,000 MW of power in 5 years

The Bangla Government is planning to add 2,000 megawatt (MW) of power over the next five years and is also planning to incorporate the latest technologies to reduce distribution and transmission losses. These decisions were announced by the State Power Minister at the 9th Energy Conclave organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) recently.

The 2,000MW will be a mix of thermal and hydro, as well as of solar and other alternative sources of power. Part of the 2,000 MW will be 300 MW of solar power.

According to the minister, efforts are also being made to improve the quality of power. Old thermal power plants are gradually being replaced by modern facilities to improve efficiency in power generation.

The State Government has already made a significant improvement in the field of power generation. Renewable energy has been given special thrust since Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came to power.

The minister said at the conclave that renewable energy has become an important component for achieving energy security. From 1 MW when the Trinamool Congress came to power, solar power capacity of Bangla is now around 200 MW.

Bengal to create multiple solar parks

The West Bengal government has decided to create multiple small solar parks.

“We are planning for solar park totalling 500 MW,” State Power Minister Shobhondeb Chatterjee said on the sidelines of an interactive session with the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce.

About five acres of land was required for 1 MW of Solar power, the minister said. The minister said the state government would continue to focus on renewable energy.

The minister said 100 per cent electrification was already complete in 11 districts and by March 2017, work would be complete for the entire state.

He was confident that the 1,000 MW Turga hydel power project would take off shortly once environmental clearances were in place.


বাংলায় ছোট ছোট সোলার পার্ক গড়বে রাজ্য সরকার

বাংলাজুড়ে গোড়া হবে বহু সোলার পার্ক, জানিয়েছেন রাজ্যের বিদ্যুৎ মন্ত্রী শোভনদেব চট্টোপাধ্যায়।

আমরা মোট ৫০০ মেগাওয়াট ক্ষমতা সম্পন্ন অনেকগুলি ছোট ছোট সোলার পার্ক তৈরী করতে চলেছি, বলেন বিদ্যুৎ মন্ত্রী শোভনদেব চট্টোপাধ্যায়।

১ মেগাওয়াটের একটি সোলার পার্ক করতে আনুমানিক ৫ একর জমি লাগবে। বিদ্যুৎ মন্ত্রী ও জানান যে রাজ্য সরকার নবায়নযোগ্য শক্তি উৎপাদনে বদ্ধ পরিকর।

তিনি আরও জানান যে ২০১৭ সালের মার্চ মাসের মধ্যেই রাজ্যের সব গ্রামে বিদ্যুৎ পৌঁছে যাবে। তিনি আশাপ্রকাশ করেন যে ১০০০ মেগাওয়াটের তুর্গা হাইডেল পাওয়ার প্রকল্প খুব শিগগিরি শুরু হয়ে যাবে।

Solar dome to come up in Kolkata: Power Minister

To push its solar programme forward, the West Bengal government will install a 110-foot-high solar dome in Kolkata for catching maximum daylight, a minister said on Tuesday.

“It will be 110-120 foot high and we have developed the design and have dealt with associated technological challenges to install the solar dome,” said Minister for Power Manish Gupta.

He said the solar dome will be different from geodesic greenhouses. “There is no such solar dome anywhere in India and nowhere in the world,” Gupta claimed.

Clad in solar panels, the dome will be installed at Eco Park in Rajarhat in the city fringes and “not only provide power to the entire park but also stand as our symbol to the commitment to develop solar energy”.

Kolkata to get solar grid soon

Kolkata is set to be lit up by the sun after dusk after a successful three-month pilot project at Deshapriya Park boosted the confidence of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities and plans are being made to install solar panels in street lights across the city and connect them to the main conventional power grid that runs Kolkata and its suburbs.

Clean and green power

The exercise, once complete, will reduce the dependence on electricity to a great extent and also help people breathe better quality air — with lesser amounts of the deadly carbon emissions. Above all, the initiative will help the cash-strapped KMC to save crores of rupees.

The changeover will be equivalent to planting around 600 fully grown trees within the city at one go, or stop adding nearly 7,000 kilos of carbon dioxide every hour to the air we breathe. Carbon dioxide, a green house gas, is one of the major reasons behind global warming.

Solar Pilot Project

The pilot project involved 50 solar panels — installed on street lamps at Deshapriya Park in South Kolkata three months ago. It was a first of its kind experiment in India where grid-connected street lamps were using solar panels to light up roads. All solar street lighting systems that are there in the country, including in Kolkata, are battery-operated and have no connection to the grid, unlike the new system. As far as installing solar panels in street lamps across the city is concerned, a concept note has been prepared and discussions are on..

The note has been prepared by experts of KMC, CESC and a private body, which is approved by the Union government and was awarded the Green Oscar in 2004.

The project was launched in February with funds from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited. The street lights were fitted with ‘intelligent controllers’ which help the LED light to use only that much power that has been generated throughout the day or less than that. The surplus, if any, will be routed to the conventional power grid and a record of the amount of power transferred would be kept for future reference.

Alternative sources of energy

A bright sunny day in May is expected to generate 1 kilowatt of electricity. The ‘intelligent controller’ will ensure that the LED bulb uses a maximum of 1 kilowatt or less, with the extra power being sent to the grid.

On a cloudy day, when there is less sunlight, the street lamp can draw power from the grid, because it had deposited the extra power it generated to the grid on a sunny day. In other words, it will be somewhat like a bank account: You can withdraw only as much as you deposit.

Street lights in Kolkata consume around 10 MW of electricity every hour. As this power comes from the burning of coal in our thermal power plants, at least 7,000 kilos of carbon dioxide are emitted to the atmosphere every hour to light up Kolkata. If the power is shifted to solar, this can be stopped to a great extent, if not entirely.

KMC: The road ahead, promises to keep

Kolkata Municipal Corporation in keeping with WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee’s dream of greener and cleaner Kolkata has brought remarkable changes in every sphere  to provide better services to the citizens.

While various beautification projects are visible and appreciated, infrastructural facilities have also been upgraded.


In the forthcoming months KMC wishes to undertake the following projects:

  1.   Installation of CCTV cameras, in successive stages, at important locations along the roads and in the markets in the city keeping in mind the safety of the ordinary citizens
  2.   Setting up call centres at various points across the city, where taxpayers may register their grievances, and also where they would get to know about the latest initiatives of KMC
  3.   Modern compactor system to completely replace the age-old vat system for collection of garbage. This is a very crucial step in making Kolkata a garbage-free city
  4.   Continuing afforestation programmes with greater thrust to create more and more pollution-free areas across the city
  5.   Employing mobile apps to make municipal services more user-friendly
  6.   Using solar power to light up the 300 parks in Kolkata
  7.   Constructing foot overbridges with escalators at the busier points in the city, like Deshapriya Park, Ballygunge Phari, Ballygunge Siksha Sadan and South City


For city slums

  1. Over the next five years KMC wishes to bring slum-dwellers under the ambit of various social security schemes and giving them entrepreneurial training would make them financially independent besides, organising continuous awareness camps for slum-dwellers for their overall socio-economic development.
  2. The way Hatgachia-1 slum in Ward 58 has been made a ‘Model Slum’, wherever similar geographical affinity exists, such slums would be developed as Model Slums.
  3. The fire hazard surveys in slums undertaken by officers of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the relaying of electrical wires hanging dangerously over various slums are to be continued with renewed vigour.
  4. The underground drainage systems in slums would be developed.
  5. Like being done now, the Slums Department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation would continue to build pay-and-use toilets and community centres for members of minority communities, as per residents’ demands and recommendations of the people’s representatives.


Projects to be undertaken by the Health Department:

  1. At present there are five dengue diagnostics centres in five Boroughs. In addition, ten centres will be constructed in rest of the Boroughs under National Health Mission scheme.
  2. Health Centres in three wards have been brought under National Urban Health Mission. 87 more wards (a total of 90 wards) will be brought under the scheme.
  3. Each Borough and later each ward will have integrated laboratories fitted with the Public Health Centres for conducting  examination of urine, stool, serum, cholesterol, blood urea, serum creatinine, serum bilirubin, serum uric acid SGPT etc.
  4. Mobile clinics will be set up to serve the poor and very sick patients at their doorsteps.
  5. Modern waiting room will be constructed in Nimtala Ghat and other crematoriums for the family of the deceased.
  6. Under National Urban Health Mission, a Community Health Centre with a capacity of 100 beds will be set up.
  7. Modernisation of Mosquito Research Centre will be expedited so that mosquito breeding and identification of mosquitoes can be done at a greater speed.
  8. In all wards to destroy mosquito larvae, provisions for Gappi fish cultivation have been made.
  9. At present in various canals we are using 20 row-boats to destroy the Culex mosquito larvae. 8 row-boats will be used for this purpose.


The Engineering Department wishes to fulfill the following promises in the near future:

  1. According to necessity  there  will  be  more  development  and  construction  work which will be done for sanitation and drainage systems from Borough XI ­ XV
  2. The construction of remaining parts of the new roadway system will be started in Borough XI ­ XV
  3. All country roads of the new Wards 142, 143 and 144 will be concretised
  4. More development and beautification will be done in all main roads of the city
  5. More development and repair work will be taken up in all footpaths in the city
  6. Sanitary and drainage systems to be set up where they are not present as of yet
  7. Measures taken to build new roads and footpaths
  8. Rest of the ghats of Hooghly river bank is planned to be renovated
  9. Foot bridges for the pedestrians will be constructed on main road junctions of the city
  10. Expansion of Kashi Mitra  crematorium,  Cossipore Burning Ghat  and  Birjunala crematorium is planned to be expanded
  11. Construction  of  the  300  feet  long  ‘Single  Span  Steel  Bridge’  at  Babughat  for walking  has  been  taken  up.  With  the  help  of  this  bridge  the  people  can  walk across from Princep Ghat to Armenian Ghat
  12. Expansion of Hooghly bank will be done
  13. Expansion of Matri Sadan at Kidderpore will be initiated
  14. An annexe office building will be constructed at Chaplin Square
  15. More ward health centres will be constructed under National Health Mission
  16. 400 slaughter houses with one modern slaughter house for goats only is to be constructed at Rabindra Sarani
  17. Community halls will be constructed in wards which presently have none
  18. Railing on the edges of main roads are to be beautified
  19. Leveling  of roads  are  to  be  undertaken  in  north Kolkata where road  levels  are higher than that of the houses
  20. Diversification of Boroughs will be done for giving better and faster services
  21. Hindu and Muslim crematoriums are to be further developed
  22. More ‘night shelters’ will be constructed for street dwellers
  23. Primary municipal corporation  schools  will  be  set  up  with  more  facilities  and provided with further opportunities
  24. More parks will be constructed for roadside beautification and a greener city
  25. More road dividers  and  plantations  will  be  done  for  increasing  the  speed  of vehicles on main roads
  26. More beautification will be done at all main road junctions and islands in the city