71 premises shortlisted in Agra to get solar panels soon under smart city project
Agra: Under the smart city project, work has started taking place in the city to promote use of solar energy. The old city area selected under the area based development (ABD) plan will have all the government buildings equipped with solar power panels soon to harness this renewable form of energy.
Also, some of the business and residential buildings will also install solar power facilities. In this regard, the special purpose vehicle (SPV), Agra Smart City Private Limited has started the tendering process.
The ABD plan of the Agra smart city project envisions retrofitting of 2250 acre of selected area around Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Jama Masjid of old city. The ABD area will be developed as solar city. Here solar power panels will be placed on all major premises.
The SPV has shortlisted 71 premises where solar power facilities will be installed. These include 16 government buildings, 10 private commercial buildings and 45 residential buildings. All these premises have a minimum area of 300 square metres.
Besides buildings, solar street lighting arrangement will be made on all the main roads in the ABD area.
Municipal commissioner Arun Prakash said, “Bids have been invited for installation of solar power panels on government, commercial and residential areas under the ABD plan of smart city project.”
The list of government buildings where solar power facility will be developed include the All India Radio, circuit house, forensic science lab, microwave divisional engineer office on fatehabad road, Agra club, offices of archeological survey of India, PWD executive engineer office, municipal corporation school in Tajganj, UP handicraft premises and office of the divisional commissioner.
All the premises on Daresi road which have been recently numbered by the SPV from F1 to F45 will be equipped with solar panels. Besides eight major hotels have also been shortlisted.
The civic body officials however, claimed that for commenting on the possible power production, they first need to get the preliminary assessment on the number and sizes of solar panels required to cover all selected destinations.