300 schools in remote areas of Bengal to be powered by solar energy

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has instructed the State environment minister Dr Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar to install solar power in 300 schools situated in remote areas.

While placing the budget for his department, Dr Ghosh Dastidar said that they have already set up solar power electrification in 100 schools located in remote districts. The plan was executed by West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Authority (WBREDA).

This year a total of Rs 56,89,67,000 crore was allotted to the environment department and the state government has also completed electrification of 780 km line on Sagar island too.

According to Dr Ghosh Dastidar, they have erected around 30,500 poles for electrification on Sagar island and plans are there to erect 11,000 more poles by the end of this year.

Dr Ghosh Dastidar also said that they have instructed all the private hospitals in the state to set up liquid affluent treatment plants for segregating the liquid and solid waste. He further stated that the Centre has praised the state government for its effort to increase the Standardised Effective Precipitation Index (SEPI) in the industrial belt of Haldia, Asansol and Howrah.

Dr Ghosh Dastidar said that the Centre for Science and Environment has judged WBPCB as the best pollution control board. The Tonglu village of Darjeeling has been declared as a biodiversity heritage site, he noted.

Statewide solar project to start in WB today

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee had encouraged use of Green Energy in different spheres and had asked  to use solar power in all government buildings. To keep pace with that, the West Bengal Government Environment Department and the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) will start installing solar photo voltaic (SPV) panels in 80 schools and 20 primary health centres across the state from today. The project will be launched in six venues in different districts.

The project will be executed by the West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation (WBGEDC). It will take about a year to complete the project, including generating solar power from the SPV panels and putting it on the grid.

For the schools and health centres of Burdhaman, Birbhum and Bankura, the project will be launched from Rabindra Bhavan in Asansol. For East and West Midnapore, it will be launched from Mahishadal. For Howrah and Hooghly , the launch will be from Baluhati in Howrah. The project for Darjeeling will be inaugurated from Udayan Sangha Club ground in Hakimpra, Siliguri, and for Kolkata and North 24-Parganas, the programme will be inaugurated from Sarat Sadan, Behala, and Nazrul Mancha in Madhyamgram respectively .

Incidentally the West Bengal Government is soon going to introduce roof top solar power system, particularly for high-rise buildings. Moves are afoot to offer a subsidy/incentive of 20 per cent to users of solar power.