Madurai

Mayor launches solar power at ‘Anna Maaligai’

The solar panels at the Corporation office in Madurai.—PHOTO: S. JAMES

The solar panels at the Corporation office in Madurai.—PHOTO: S. JAMES  

It paves way for bringing down expenditure incurred on electricity consumption.

In a first among the Corporations in Tamil Nadu, the Corporation of Madurai has installed solar panels at the ‘Anna Maaligai’, at a cost of Rs 55.83 lakh, which is expected to produce 44-kw power and thus pave way for bringing down the expenditure incurred on electricity consumption.

Dedicating the new facility, Mayor V. V. Rajan Chellappa told reporters that this was a new and novel initiative implemented in the Corporation.

With the Chief Minister’s objective being a State with surplus power, the Corporation was moving towards the goal and hoped the rooftop solar panels installed at the Anna Maaligai would go a long way in bringing down the cost of electricity bills to the TANGEDCO.

Officials said that the solar panels, which were installed three months ago, had started benefitting by way of reduction in electricity consumption to the tune of about 40 per cent.

On an average, the monthly electricity bill for the Corporation was around Rs.1.75 lakh.

After the installation of solar panels, the subsequent bills in the last two months were Rs.1.13 lakh and Rs.96,000 per month, they added.

Commissioner (in-charge) S. Shanthi, City Engineer Mathuram, Assistant Executive Engineer Senthil and others participated in the inaugural function.

High-mast lamps

Later in the evening, Mr. Rajan Chellappa switched on four newly installed high-mast lamps at Chokkanathar Temple (Yanaikal) intersection, at Thiruparankundram (at the bridge near Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College), at Tiruparankundram girivalam pathai and at Mandela Nagar intersection all at a cost of Rs.19.60 lakh, from the general fund of the Corporation.

Traffic police said that the high-mast lamps at the four-intersections would pave way for better visibility during night and road accidents could be prevented.

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