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Kochi: Development authority moots solar power project at JLN Stadium

November 12, 2019
As part of its green city plans, the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) has proposed to set up solar panels on the rooftop of the Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium in Kochi to make the stadium energy-efficient.

Speaking at a press conference in the city on Thursday, GCDA chairman V Salim said that the state government has granted permission to appoint Cial Infrastructure Ltd, a subsidiary company of Cial as consultant for the JLN solar project. Green city is part of the larger Kochi economic city project.

Under the project, GCDA will install solar panels at around 30,000 sqft area generating 1,20,000 units of electricity per month. The project cost is estimated at Rs 4 crore and GCDA expects to generate 1MW electricity per day. The generated power will be transferred to the KSEB grid.

If the project is successful, then JLN Stadium will be first stadium in the state and third in the country after Brabourne Cricket Stadium in Maharashtra and M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru to install solar panels. “Once the sanction from the government is granted, the work will be commenced soon and within a span of five months the solar power plant will be installed. It is also the first solar project of GCDA”.

Salim also spoke of the controversial Mundanveli fish farm project. “The project will be revived soon after calling for tenders. The farm is spread over 4.7 acres,” he said.

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