GMC to tap solar energy

GMC to tap solar energy
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Kanna Babu, who took over as the Commissioner of the Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC), elaborated on the civic body’s plans of beautifying the city and developing its infrastructure. The civic body is also planning to power the entire city with solar energy.

Kanna Babu, who took over as the Commissioner of the Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC), elaborated on the civic body’s plans of beautifying the city and developing its infrastructure. The civic body is also planning to power the entire city with solar energy.

  • Solar energy to power bunds of lakes which will be taken up on BOT basis
  • Gandhi Park to be spruced up
  • Ten roads identified for expansion
  • Experts to offer advice on handling traffic
  • Top priority to slum development and solid waste management

The non-conventional energy department is working in association with the civic body for setting up solar power plants on the bunds of several lakes in the GMC limits on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) mode. The department is being asked to prepare a detailed project report. In a phased manner the city will be converted into a Solar City.

GMC Commissioner Kanna Babu

“Undertaking of road repairs and widening of existing roads is a priority. Ten roads have been identified in the city for repairs and widening. The idea is to improve mobility of pedestrians and vehicular users and make it hassle-free. Traffic experts Shanker Narayana and Vinobhave have been reigned in to advise the GMC on handling traffic issues, creation of parking and vending zones, junction improvement and bus shelters. Public transport will be introduced on PPP mode to replace the age old shabby looking private buses,” Kanna Babu said.

Similarly parks in the city will get a new facelift, ponds will be revived, lake fronts will be developed and street lighting will get LED bulbs as part of energy conservation measures. Two major parks -- Gandhi Park spread over a five acre extent and Manasarovar spread over 30 acres -- will be spruced up.

 Gandhi park Guntur

“The city’s sewage system will be developed underground with the State government’s assistance. Public toilets will be constructed and ensured that the city is litter-free. Slum development and solid waste management will be given top priority. Already the world bank-aided Rs 460 crore drinking water supply project is being executed,” Babu said. The Commissioner has sought people’s co-operation as well as the encouragement of all stakeholders in the city’s development.

By:Ravi P Benjamin

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