Vuda Plans Solar Tree at Kailasagiri
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Vuda Plans Solar Tree at Kailasagiri :-
Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) has proposed to set up a science tourism centre called the Vizag Solar Tree’ atop Kailasagiri hill, for which it has recently invited bids to appoint consultant to conduct techno and financial feasibility study. The Vizag Solar Tree, planned to be a one of its kind science tourism centre in India, would focus on sustainable approach for renewable energy technologies and to preserve biodiversity of Vizag. The Vizag Solar Tree will have multiple live laboratories that monitor air quality and serve as research platforms for developing eco friendly clean air technologies. The project will be taken up under Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis.
The consultant picked by Vuda will have to also take up bid process management including preparation of concession agreement and project supervision during execution for developing the solar tree. The technical feasibility study includes understanding the site, including conducting site investigation and surveys of contour, topography, soil test, suitability for development of the facilities, demand for science tourism centre and also 12 & D platform. The consultant will also do a market assessment, demand analysis, preliminary and detailed cost estimate and prepare detailed project report. “If found technically feasible and financially viable, the project will be awarded on BOT basis selected through a com-petitive bidding process. Energy is the prime factor for the development of economy,” said Vuda vice-chairman T. Babu Rao Naidu.
Mostly, we are dependent on conventional fuels like coal and oil for primary sources of energy and their long term availability has become a concern as our consumption is increasing multi fold year by year. “Now, the time has come for promotion of renewable energies as a part of energy source and conserving the biodiversity. Therefore, we have decided to take up the project where research can be done in renewable energy besides it serves as a tourist attraction,” the Vuda vice chairman said. The consultant needs to submit the techno-financial feasibility report within 15 weeks after the letter of award is given to the consultant identified. The bids are expected to be opened in two or three days.
This Article was First Appeared in Deccan Chronicle.