CM Mamata Banerjee Lauds Eco Friendly Approach In Bengal

CM Mamata Banerjee Lauds Eco Friendly Approach In Bengal

In a tweet yesterday, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamta Banerjee claimed that Bengal has been the pioneer state in introducing environment-friendly transportation on such a large scale. “With environment-friendly electric bus and CNG bus service, Kolkata has also bagged international C40 Award for electric transportation system”, Mamata wrote. 

On the National Energy Conservation Day, CM tweeted, “Bengal is continuously augmenting the generation of energy from renewable sources. With this aim in mind, Grid-connected-Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Plants are being installed in all schools and government buildings in the State.”

Earlier in September, the West Bengal government announced the plans to develop a floating solar power project at Sagardighi thermal power plant in Murshidabad for Rs 22 crore, said State power minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay.

“We are looking for more locations for setting up floating solar projects, particularly in thermal plant areas of the West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL). Chattopadhyay continued, “When I took over as a minister, solar capacity was just 2 MW, now it has been ramped up to 130 MW and another 200 MW solar project had been undertaken in two phases in East Midnapore district for Rs 1,200 crore and will help reduce 5,00,000 tonne of carbon emission.”

A day before, the Chief Minister had launched that 200 MW solar energy park in West Bengal, about which, State Industry Minister, Amit Mitra elaborated, “West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL) has undertaken to set up the 200 MW solar park at Dadanpatrabar in East Midnapore with the financial assistance of KFW Germany and the state government. The project’s land requirement would be 1,032 acres in two phases of 532 acres and 500 acres.”

Speaking of the project, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay confirmed, “For the first phase of the 125 MW solar park at Dadanpatra, the major cost is being funded by the KfW totaling Rs 600 crore at a marginal interest rate of 0.15 percent. We will fund the rest. The total project is comprised of  200 MW.”

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Bhoomika Singh

Bhoomika is a science graduate, with a strong interest in seeing how technology can impact the environment. She loves covering the intersection of technology, environment, and the positive impact it can have on the world accordingly.