Taking the lead in tapping alternative sources of electricity, the Madurai city corporation has decided to power all the parks in the city with solar energy. To begin with, solar panels and accessories, which can produce up to five kw electricity have been installed at the AR Memorial Park in K K Nagar at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh. Madurai mayor, V V Rajan Chellappa said the electricity produced by the solar panels would meet the requirement for motor pumpsets used to water the plants in the park, airconditioning the reading hall, computer systems and decorative LED lights, which are to be installed, to illuminate the park. The park, located on the corporation land would be maintained by city-based A R Hospital, which has borne the cost of the solar panels.
Talking about the solar panel installation and the production of required power for the parks, R Nanthagopal, commissioner, Madurai Corporation said that power requirement has been growing up steadily in all quarters and it has become inevitable to tap solar energy to meet the energy requirements. “We have plans to tap solar energy in all the parks coming within the corporation limits. We have started the process of generating solar energy at the eco park in Madurai Corporation. We are waiting for the fund to be sanctioned by the state government. Once the fund is available, the works will begin,” he said. Philanthropists, who are willing to sponsor for the cause will also be entertained, the commissioner said. Speaking at the inauguration function, the commissioner said that there is lack of entertainment avenues in Madurai apart from the Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple and Thirumalai Naicker Mahal. “Parks are the only place of solace. Hence, we are giving thrust on the maintenance of these parks in Madurai,” he said.
Rajan Chellappa said the solar panels installed at the A R park have the capacity of generating five kw electricity that would suffice for total power requirement of the park. Appreciating the maintenance of the park, he said that they will carry out the developmental works in the city in a phased manner with the allocated funds from the state government.