We have been expecting this for the past few days; the media have been abuzz with news of the likelihood of a hike in price of petrol by about Rs. 5. It’s as if they were preparing us for a shock; which has come out today evening, in the form of the news that petrol price would go up by about Rs. 7. Continue reading
Kerala, which is reeling under severe power shortage has finally started exploring the possibilities of non conventional energy sources to meet the burgeoning power demands in the days to come. The first step in this direction was made in the form of the Solar City project, which will make Kochi the first solar city in the state. The city corporation will be setting up a committee for its launch and this innovative project will be implemented with the financial aid from the Central and State Governments.
The project includes the installation of solar energy systems to light up streets, gardens, homes and hotels along with the major administrative offices like the zonal offices of the Corporation and the Mayor’s office. Venues like the Ernakulam Town Hall will also be lighted by using solar power. In addition, solar lights will also be installed at public spaces in the city including Subhash Bose Park, Fort Kochi Nehru Park, Kunnara Park, Fort Kochi Beach and Jankar Jetty.
The Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) will be assisting the civic body in implementing this project. The State government will be supplying hundred solar lights to the Corporation on an experimental basis to light up the streets. If this highly ambitious project takes off as planned, the city dwellers can look forward to sunny days and a well rested sleep at night free from the attack of the winged zombies of the infamous mosquito clan of this city!