Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal will soon switch over to solar energy.
The power will be sourced from a plant whose foundation stone was laid today.
The plant will have capacity to generate one megawatt (MW) power and it will help the airport save around Rs 80 lakh every year on its electricity cost.
“Airports Authority of India (AAI) is going to install the solar plant with the help of Madhya Pradesh Energy Development Corporation.
“This will generate 1 MW of electricity. Use of renewable solar energy will save our environment. This will also cut the annual electricity cost of the airport by around Rs 80 lakh,” Chouhan said while addressing the programme.
Chouhan also expressed happiness over installation of 100-feet tall mast for national flag.
“National flag signifies a sense of patriotism and self-respect. The tricolour reminds us of our revolutionaries, who sacrificed their lives for a free country,” he added.
Chief Minister said that AAI chairman Gururprasad Mohapatra, who was present in the programme, has informed him that four new flights are to be launched soon from Raja Bhoj Airport.
“The airports in Mumbai and Delhi are overburdened. We have to hover around the airport in these cities to get the permission for landing. But, the capacity of Raja Bhoj Airport is under utilised.
“I was informed by AAI chairman that four flights are going to be started soon from here,” he said.
Chouhan said all the facilities are available to develop the airports at Bhopal and Indore as international airports.
“We have all the facilities required for an international airport at Bhopal and Indore. State government is ready to extend every possible support. I spoke to AAI chairman and will also talk to the minister (civil aviation) to start international flights from Bhopal and Indore,” he added.
Madhya Pradesh Energy Development Corporation chairman Vijendra Singh Sisodiya later told PTI that electricity used in almost entire outer part of the airport would come from these solar panels.
The work of installing the solar panels would be completed within next three months. PTI ADU MAS RMT
This is unedited feed from the PTI