Metro corridor: 9 stations to generate solar power
8 Aug 2015
Hindustan Times (Delhi)
Safety commissioner to make inspection on August 10; DMRC may also install solar panels at foor-over-bridges
With the Metro Rail safety (CMRS) Commissioner finalizing a date for inspection on Badarpur-Escorts Mujesar corridor, the chances of commissioning of this line on the Independence Day have brightened. Though, there is no official communication about the date when Metro service on this line will be started.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has set up eco-friendly Metro stations and installed solar power generation facilities in all the nine stations on Faridabad metro corridor. As all the Metro stations in Faridabad are connected with foot over bridges (FOBs) across Mathura Road, the DMRC is studying the prospects of installing solar panels at FOBs also.
“DMRC has installed nine new solar power generation facilities at the stations and the de pot of the Badar pur – Faridabad Metro corridor for partial fulfillment of the energy requirements on that corridor,” DMRC spokesman said.
“These solar power plants with a total generation capacity of 1,660.4kwp, have been installed under RESCO (Renewable Energy Supply Company) Model, wherein the capital cost has been invested by the solar developer and the DMRC has signed the Power Purchase Agreement for 25 years. DMRC will only pay energy charges for the actual energy generated,” the spokesman added.
The power generated will be used for the lighting and other auxiliary requirements of the station and depot buildings. The stations like NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector-28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk, Escorts Mujesar will have generation capacity of 151.2 kwp at each station whereas at Ajronda depot, the generation capacity will be 452 kwp.
The power receiving sub station (RSS) of the Faridabad corridor has already been developed in Sector 46 as a green building with a 50 kWp solar plant, rain water harvesting and constructed wet land type of sewage treatment plant facilities.
“In total, DMRC has so far commissioned solar power facilities with generation capacity of approximately 2,800 kwp with plants at Dwarka Sector 21, Anand Vihar, Pragati Maidan, Metro Enclave, Yamuna Bank Station, Yamuna Bank Depot, Faridabad RSS, ITO, Ajronda Depot and the Faridabad Metro stations,” the spokesman said.
DMRC said it will create facilities for the generation of 20 MWp out of which work has been awarded for 11 MWp so far. The Metro was expected to start service in July. After making trial runs, the technical staff, along with the chief of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Mangu Singh, inspected the corridor recently. The DMRC has released Metro timings chart.
The commissioner of Metro Rail Safety, RK Kadam, had recently told Hindustan Times that he has received papers from DMRC and they were being scrutinized. However, as per DMRC spokesman the safety inspection for Badarpur-Escorts Mujesar corridor will be carried out by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety from August 10 to 12 (Monday to Wednesday).
The service will begin only after a no objection certificate (NOC) from the safety commissioner is released.
The work is almost complete at all the Metro stations in Faridabad. There is speculation that the service may be started on the occasion of Independence Day. The 13.875 km- long Faridabad corridor has nine stations — Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkhal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk and Escorts Mujesar. Two more stations — NCB colony and Ballabgarh — will be added to this line by 2017, the officials said. The work on the stations has already started.