June 25, 2015 2:23:57 am
Panjab University (PU)’s rainwater harvesting project, which was held up due to financial constraints, is expected to be functional this monsoon.
According to PU’s executive engineer R K Rai, as many as 56,000 litres of rainwater will be harvested.
“Each structure has a capacity of 1,000 litres, so we are looking at harvesting about 56,000 litres of rainwater this monsoon,” said Rai.
Talking about the project, which has been estimated to cost around Rs 7 crore, he said, “After getting an approval in 2009, the project started in 2011, but was held up due to shortage of funds. Last year, the project was only 50 per cent functional, but now that there is no problem with the funds, the project is good to go.”
The university has 56 structures for rainwater harvesting, out of which 55 are spread across the Sector 14 campus, while one is there on the South Campus. Further, while only structure has been funded by the university, the rest are funded by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB).
In an attempt to reduce the overall electrical expenses and to make the university campus more eco-friendly, PU authorities have also planned to harness solar energy on campus. Senate member Professor Angrish Yog Raj told Newsline, “Discussions for harnessing solar energy within the PU campus have been going on. A proposal was submitted during the Senate meeting in April regarding the same.”
However, due to financial hurdles, the solar energy project has been stalled for now. “The practicality of a solar plant needs to be studied. Once that is done, we should be able to move forward with it. The project will likely be implemented by August,” said Professor Yog Raj, adding that, “A final decision can be expected by the end of June, as the next Senate meeting is scheduled for July.”
Stating that PU is hoping to produce upto 10 megawatts of electricity through solar means, Professor Yog Raj said, “The UT Administration has a target of producing about 200 megawatts of electricity through solar energy. Government institutions across Chandigarh have already starting harnessing solar energy for the generation of electricity. Once this project is set in place, PU should be capable of producing about 7-10 megawatts electricity through solar energy.”
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