In a first, BBMP installs solar unit in parks

For the first time in Bengaluru, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has installed a solar power unit to cater to the power demand of two parks in Jayanagar.

The unit will supply power to the lights on the pedestrian walkway and the yoga centres to Sanjeevini and Dhanvantari parks, near South End Circle in Yediyur ward of Jayanagar extension.

Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun and senior BJP leader R Ashok on Monday inaugurated the unit put up at a cost of Rs 15 lakh.

Addressing reporters, Ashok said: "This solar power unit can generate 15KW electricity daily which is enough to cater to the energy needs of the parks. The BBMP should implement this project across all wards".

Ashok said the unit helps in saving Rs 43,000 power bill every month.

Gangambike said that the civic body would implement the project in all the wards.

The unit also caters to power needs of the residential quarters of the park maintenance workers. In three month, the plant will be upgraded to generate 25 KW according to the BBMP.

Yediyur ward also has a biogas plant which converts the wet waste to electricity and generates 50KW power. This power is supplied to streetlights in the ward.

Poornima Ramesh, corporator of the ward, said she aims to make the ward completely self-sustainable in meeting its power needs.

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