Solar power will soon light up Poura Bhavan, the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation’s headquarters in Salt Lake.
Salt Lake civic building has a large open space on the roof, which is ideal for installation of solar panels. Besides, there is space around the main building where the panels could be installed. The decision on where the panels will be set up is yet to be taken.
The initiative to turn Poura Bhavan green is a part of the larger plan to shift all streetlights in Salt Lake from sodium vapour to LED lights. According to figures, there are about 24,000 streetlight posts across Salt Lake and adjacent places.
Rough estimates show the civic authorities pay a montly electricity bill of around Rs 1.5 crore. Once all the sodium vapour lamps are replaced with LED lights, about 60% of the current bills will be reduced.