KOLKATA: The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is planning to use solar power to run air conditioned community halls and conference rooms in New Town under the Green Cities mission. The authorities will follow the Singur model, in which a solar power temperature controlled cold storage facility set up by the agriculture and marketing department is operating successfully.
The state information technology & electronics (IT & E) department has already initiated talks with a Japanese firm that had provided the technological guidance for the Singur cold storage unit.
“We want to see if this unique technology can be used in community halls, offices, conference rooms and other buildings under the Green Cities Mission in New Town,” said state additional chief secretary Debashis Sen, who is also the NKDA chairman.
Sen recently visited the cold storage facility at Singur. There are two rooms inside the facility and the ambient temperature inside the rooms was only 18.5 degrees Celsius and 19 degrees Celsius, respectively. The temperature outside, though, was about 30 degrees Celsius.